ACCESS TO EDUCATION
SCHOOLING FOR ALL
Education of young people is a major issue in Madagascar. Authentic Products has a vested interest in promoting education and thus leading boys and girls towards intellectual and financial independence. A primary school was therefore built (in partnership with the company Firmenich) and in 2022 it has 222 children on the roll, from kindergarten up to age 11. In addition to this figure, 77 adolescents attend the new Mahadera work-study agricultural training center.
EDUCATION FOR GIRLS
Women are traditionally the mainstay of the family and play an important role in holding the family purse strings and educating the children. In addition, it has been observed that there are many single mothers, bringing up their children alone. This is why education for girls is also the starting point for lasting change. An educated girl can take charge of her life and ensure that her future children get an education and in turn fight against all forms of discrimination to which girls are subjected. Authentic Products strives to increase the proportion of girls in school and in the same way help to combat poverty.
AND AWARENESS OF
CHILD LABOR ISSUES
Madagascar is among the poorest countries in the world. Although child labor is officially banned there, nearly a quarter of children between the ages of 5 and 17 help their parents provide for their families (Unicef data). By promoting the diversification of cash crops, Authentic Products enhances and diversifies the sources of family income. To raise awareness and help combat child labor, Authentic Products called on the expertise of NGO Save The Children in 2020 to provide 3 days’ training for 2 project managers so that they in turn could provide the facilitators of the 5 projects (10 facilitators) with the tools needed to communicate effectively on this issue. In addition, Authentic Products submits an annual report to Save The Children on its activities, the resources implemented, the populations concerned and the issues identified.