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Children wearing the colours of the national flag in Antsoha.
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St Bartholomew’s School, Ankotobe
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Children at confirmations in Daraina Parish.
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Bishop Roger leads singing at a school in Ampanefena Parish.
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Diocesan Schools Projects Pursue Millennium Development Goals
November 9, 2006

[Diocese of Antsiranana - Indian Ocean] The schools projects in the Diocese of Antsiranana are progressing well.

In the Sava area - the vanilla cultivation area in north-east Madagascar - three schools have been opened in Ampanefena Parish. St Pierre's Anglican School has already reached 1,200 secondary students after only two years of activity.

Another school in Ansahatsara, in the middle of the rain forest, is struggling as it is very inaccessible. However, like the school in the village of Ankotobe, the facility has been developed to fight poverty. In providing education to children, even in remote places, Bishop Roger Chung Jaomalaza is aiming to pursue the Millennium Development Goals.

In the villages of Daraina Parish, two schools have been opened, in Ntingna and Antsoha. Recently, children proudly wearing the colours of the Malagasy flag attended an open-air confirmation service outside the church in Antsoha. The Rev Octave Sola says that the schools have given a fresh start to mission and evangelisation in the Anglican Church in Madagascar.

The schools which are being started are all using the church buildings as the initial venue for classes. New classrooms will be built later when there is the appropriate funding.