Support Project for Schooling and Health Development (PASS)

Main objective:

Promote the adoption of healthy nutrition, hygiene and health behaviors by children and the school community in 30 target schools


Madagascar suffers from education of low quality, a lack of educational provision as well as poor governance of the education system. The 2017-2018 school year was marked by the official launch of the operational implementation of the Education Sector Plan (SSE) whose main objective is to improve access to primary education. The following are planned:

  • construction of 800 classrooms in 3 years;
  • reduction to 9 years (divided into 3 sub-cycles) of the duration of basic education;
  • abolition of the Certificate of Elementary Primary Education (CEPE);
  • shift of the school calendar and change of teaching language.


The regions of southern Madagascar and more particularly those in Anosy, Androy and Atsimo Andrefana are the most affected areas by food insecurity. In these regions, the indicator rate of food insecurity is very high among households. It hovers between 42% and 68%. In addition, food, health and nutrition circumstances of school-age children are very worrying.

A World Bank study on the health and nutritional status of students in two districts of southern Madagascar revealed that disease and malnutrition sharply reduced school participation: children suffering from malnutrition clearly suffer significant delays in their psychomotor and intellectual development. Available food production is insufficient to cover food needs of the population of which more than a third is undernourished. In addition, Madagascar is exposed to cyclones that constitute true natural disasters destroying everything on their way.

The project aims to promote the adoption of favourable attitudes to good nutrition, hygiene and health by children and the school community in 30 target schools. It also aims to empower the school community to sustain the implementation of PAFIs (Small Feasible and Important Actions) in favour of nutrition, hygiene and health through education development planning, especially the project of a contracted establishment (pec). In 2018, 6,954 children (47.2% girls), 76 teachers and 30 schools were impacted by our activities.


World Food Programme (WFP)

Project location / Madagascar, in 30 schools in the Ampanihy school district
Region / Africa, Madagascar
Area / Access and quality of education
Duration / 2018 - 2019
The project covers / Children of primary school age
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