Eco-Schools twinning brings clean water to Malagasy village

Demonstrating what can be achieved when Eco-Schools across the world collaborate on sustainable development challenges – An Eco-Schools twinning partnership between Ulidia Integrated College in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, and the Lycee Pole in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar has brought clean drinking water to Ambalamanenjana, a village in the south East of Madagascar.

The two schools began their partnership in 2015 supported by Madagascar philanthropy charity the ADSUM Foundation based in Northern Ireland. The schools have exchanged photo stories, letters and videos about everyday life in each of their localities. The teachers of year 10 decided to bring together 100 pupils as part of the Global Dimension targets of the Eco-Schools Northern Ireland programme, helping the students to understand that they can bring about change in society.

The whole school was involved and each class organised something to raise the funds including bake sales, quizzes and mini businesses. Ulidia raised £1500 which was given to the Adsum Foundation who will oversee the building of the borehole in the rural village of Ambalamanenjana by September 2017.

Adsum are further supporting a school twinning project between St Ita’s Primary School in Belfast and the Besakoa Ambany Primary School in southern Madagascar, and the project coordinators in Madagascar hope to be able to expand to other schools next year.

In 2015, the Eco-School Jules Ferry in France raised funds for the re-building of Tsilazaina Eco-School in Antananarivo Madagascar, and another 30 schools in our region are participating in the Eco-Schools twinning pilot programme currently being run by Eco-Schools England . We very much hope to see similarly inspirational stories arising from these collaborations – proving what can be achieved when we all join up and work together as global citizens.

If your school is interested in twinning with another school in the Indian Ocean please contact info@eco-schools.io