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Learning to read and write in a month!
The Joint Programme proposes innovative approaches to accelerated learning that, through non-formal education opportunities, offers the chance to out-of-school children and illiterate adults (often living in difficult situations) to learn how to read and write in a month and complete the traditional primary education level by compressing the 5 year cycle into just ten months. The success of the programme relies on innovative methods tailored to meet the learning needs of the various age groups of participants, in their specific learning context and conditions.

The Joint Programme, supported by the UN system, the Malagasy Government and other partners, was formulated with the assistance and under the technical coordination of UNESCO. As a follow-up to the Dakar Forum, and within the EFA and the UN Development Assistance (UNDAF) Frameworks, joint programming at the national and international levels for basic education has been launched. It is carried out in collaboration with several United Nations agencies (UNDP, UNFPA, WFP, ILO, UNESCO, UNICEF), under the supervision of the Ministry of Population, involving the following ministries: MJSL, INSTAT, MPRDDPAC, MTPC, MINSAN, MAEP, MICDSP, MINCULT, MESRES. UNESCO serves as the coordinating agency. The programme’s main objective is to improve access and accessibility to ‘basic’ Education for All and to contribute to the attainment of the Dakar World Education Forum goals. This USD 25 million Programme, which has just undergone a mid-term evaluation, entered its second cycle in 2005.
Download a Programme Overview in:English, French, Spanish

Download a summary document on the findings of the Mid-term evaluation of the Joint Programme (available only in French):
Résumé du rapport de l'évaluation à mi-parcours du Programme conjoint

Read the April 2005 UNESCO Education news article:
"Scaling up basic education programme in Madagascar"

Read the Education Today Newsletter about the Programme:
“Learning to read in a month"

Read More:
“Celebrities join the fight against illiteracy"
High level testimonies on successful basic education approach in Madagascar, UNESCO Headquarters
31-10-2005 () - - More

Literacy Event
The Joint Programme and the programme Espérance et Solidarité autour d'un Ballon joined forces for Literacy Day (8 September).Various sporting activities were organized in several areas in Madagascar with the participation of sports celebrities such as Marie-José Pérec and others. More

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Joint Programme for the Promotion of Basic Education for All Malagasy Children in Madagascar
Learning to read and write in a month!