Emagnevy School will be SEED’s first carbon neutral school
Emagnevy school is isolated and desperately overcrowded, with only 5 classrooms and a storeroom to serve 350 students and 10 teachers. This means more than half of children attend half-school days, with cramped and broken benches. The school also lacks WASH facilities, with no access to handwashing and on-site water wells, only 2 latrines, and limited menstrual hygiene management facilities for girls. Teachers are underpaid and live up to a four-hour journey from the school, a commute that contributes to their absenteeism.
SEED Madagascar are working hard to fund this project which will:
• Improve full-time school attendance through the construction of one building with two fully furnished classrooms.
• Improve teacher attendance through the provision of on-site housing.
• Improve access to and usage of clean water for all students and teachers annually through the construction of two rainwater harvesting systems.
• Improve gender-equitable sanitation for all students and teachers annually through the construction of three latrines and a menstrual hygiene management facility.
• Increase WASH knowledge and behaviours amongst students and teachers through the delivery of WASH lessons and the establishment of a school WASH committee.
Emagnevy School will be SEED’s first carbon neutral school with the construction project including the establishment of a community-managed plantation where 251 trees will be grown over the next ten years to offset the carbon footprint of the school building work. A mixed plantation approach will be implemented, in which an equal number of trees will be planted for carbon offsetting and sustainable community harvest. We believe that by planting trees to address local demand for resources, we also protect the trees planted for offsetting, ensuring they continue to grow and sequester carbon. The establishment, monitoring, and management of the plantation will be conducted in partnership with Emagnevy School, to develop local ownership of the scheme and build capacity for its sustainable management into the future.