The Africa News Service reported that 70
percent of the Malagasy population lives below poverty level.
A Population Reference Bureau fact sheet reports that less than
30% of primary school children in Madagascar finish fifth grade.
The Shama Foundation seeks to reduce the gap between primary
and secondary school attendance and to provide motivated students
with further access to a college, vocational, or technical education.
Because an education by itself
does not guarantee a good job or an adequate standard of living,
the Shama Foundation sees itself in partnership with those
who promote the responsible economic, social and environmental
development of Madagascar. However, higher education potentially
means greater employment opportunities, as well as a greater
source of skilled labor for industry. Education coupled with
employment may encourage the growth of an active, literate
middle class, likely committed to the ideals of freedom of
thought and responsible action.
Madagascar is considered one of
the most biologically diverse countries in the world. An educated
people may make the informed economic and environmental choices
needed to heal and sustain Madagascar's unique ecosystem.
So let your desire
be for wisdom: if you have it, there will be a future,
and your hope will not be cut off.