Let us continue learning: lessons from Madagascar for improving access and retention of vulnerable children in secondary school

Autor(es): Valenza, Marco; Chávez, Cirenia; Rigole, Annika; Clemons, Andrea; Fortin, Alvaro; Mattellone, Erica

Publisher(s): UNICEF Office of Research - Innocenti

Date: 2021

Pages: 10 p.

Serie: Innocenti research brief

Series Volume: 2021-04


Malagasy adolescents face severe challenges in accessing and completing basic education. Among those students who complete the primary cycle, one in four does not transition into lower secondary school. Economic constraints among vulnerable households coupled with low-quality education result in widespread dropout and poor learning outcomes. Acknowledging these multidimensional barriers, UNICEF Madagascar leveraged funds from the Let us Learn (LUL) programme to implement a two-pronged strategy to support Malagasy children in accessing and continuing lower secondary school. The Catch-up Classes provide out-of-school adolescents with a learning pathway to build the foundational literacy and numeracy skills they need to resume studying in formal school. Conditional cash transfers target families with children who are at risk of abandoning school after completing the primary cycle. This brief builds on programme monitoring data, impact evaluations and qualitative insights from the field to highlight lessons learnt and actionable recommendations for accessing and continuing vulnerable children’s secondary education.

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