Madagascar is an island country in the Indian Ocean and one of the poorest countries in the world. Only 1 out of 3 children complete primary school. Approximately 42.5 percent of the population (26 million) is younger than 15 years old. Education quality is weak, producing high rates of grade repetition and school dropouts. In 2018, 66.840 children were not enrolled in school at all.
Ambalafeno, a small village west of Antsirabe, provides the only primary and secondary school for the entire region. Unfortunately, the school was badly damaged by a cyclone in 2018. One of the secondary school buildings could not be used anymore and, as a result, some children had to leave, as the other classrooms are highly overcrowded.