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Official Opening of the School in Fiarenana

The official opening of the school in Fairenana was celebrated on March 4, 2010, although school already started in January after the completed teachers training.

• New: Slide show of the celebrations of the new school

Flowerbeds embellish the school in Fiarenana, Madagascar – Zahana.org Flowerbeds embellish the school in Fiarenana, Madagascar – Zahana.org

As you see in the photos the surroundings of the school have been planted with flowers and the environment has been beautified for the inauguration. A well was dug in the schoolyard.  It is currently the only well that still has water in the village.

Malagasy celebrations traditionally feature official presentations as did ours with speeches by community representatives and Zahana, performances by the students and food. Congregating around the flagpole, in front of their school, the students sang and recited poems as part of the festivities.

Children celebrating the inauguration of their school in Fiarenana, Madagascar – Zahana.org Children celebrating the inauguration of their school in Fiarenana, Madagascar – Zahana.org

A meal for the entire community followed the official opening. It was served inside the school for the community leaders and for the children outside under the gazebo.

celebrating the inauguration of their school in Fiarenana, Madagascar with food– Zahana.org celebrating the inauguration of their school in Fiarenana, Madagascar with food– Zahana.org

To celebrate the official school opening books were presented and donated to the community by Dr. Noro, one of the Zahana supporters. These books are now are the first library ever in the village of Fiarenana.

books of first library ever in the village of Fiarenana - zahana.org books of first library ever in the village of Fiarenana 2 - zahana.org

After the celebrations the community came together to dig the beds for the future school garden.  These beds will be planted and tended by the students to provide vegetables and fruit for the school food in the future. In keeping with the idea of a rural university these beds can also be used to test new crops or new seeds in a more "playful"ť manner, without farmers having to commit their valuable land to test something new they might have never planted or seen before.

beds for the future school garden, Fiarenana, Madagascar - zahana.org beds for the future school garden, Fiarenana, Madagascar - zahana.org

beds for the future school garden, Fiarenana, Madagascar - zahana.org