Two schools FJKM Ambohidratrimo and EKAR Andogonina which have been participating in a program of Education for Life, recently benefited with a short trip to an ecovillage Tsaratanana in a countryside nearby. As a big group of 74 children and 34 adults we departed early morning from our town and we walked through ripping rice paddies and other green fields full of beautiful vegetation.
The hike took us a little over 1h and we were singing all along the way.
School trips are not very common in Madagascar so everytime we organise one, it brings lots of fun and joy to our pupils.
Education for Life project is sponsored by a British charity Money for Madagascar and it consists of training in different subjects such as:
Food growing- training and equipment
Wash programme- concerning personal hygiene
Teachers' training in pedagogy
Setting up schools' canteens and libraries
Setting up solar panels systems in schools
Tsaratanana ( the name means 'a pretty village' ) is a first ecovillage in Madagascar and it has been set up in 2006.
To reduce a negative imapct of human activities they:
recycle upto 90 % of their rubbish.
use ecological techniques of agriculture by eliminating all chemical products and only using natural means to fight againsts plant infection or bugs.
use a renouvable energy in their households and the whole village
collect and use rain water
do a regular tree planting in the area
The community organises workshops for others who want to learn about their way of life.
The village has identical brick houses and they are home for 20 families who live in a big respect to the environment and implement 'zero waste' idea in their daily lives.
They collect organic waste to make a compost. They all have vegetable gardens behind their houses.
They make toys and different accessories and decoration from plastic and metal.
They use solar systems for cooking and convert human waste into biogas.
Everyone has free range chickens, ducks and goose.
Parents teach their children to treat all animals with love and respect which is not often a usual way in Madagascar.
The villagers do worm breeding as a source of income for the village.
Our children had a beautiful day full of inovative knowledge and fun. After the educational tour around the village we played basketball and had a delicious lunch prepared by villagers who also run a restaurant there to attract visitors.