Sign Up To the Adsum Newsletter For updates


Adult literacy in rural Madagascar

Adult literacy in rural Madagascar

With our Adult Literacy programme underway, we wanted to share more about how the project supports rural communities in Madagascar.

Illiteracy and financial are barriers faced my many people living in Madagascar. Over 25% of the population are illiterate. 18% of those aged 15-25years old and 58% of those over 65years old can't read or write.

adult lit farming1.jpg

Our approach

Adsum endeavour to address this barrier in Madagascar through our Adult Literacy programme. In order to meet the growing demand, our coordinator, Steve Lellelid selects teachers from interviews and teaching experience, training them centrally before assigning communities and supplying them with bikes for transport. Running over 6 months, the training is delivered by 331 teachers at 300 locations across the Androy region of Madagascar. By investing in adult literacy training, registered students and their families indirectly receive the educational value shared throughout the programme as students often teach members of their house or those in local communities. Teachers within the programme are supplied with materials they need including chalk, writing materials and a literacy training manual. Student progress is tracked through monthly testing in areas of signature writing, reading, writing skills and arithmetic. 


Case studies:

Soamanoro and Zafemagnanatse are both trainees in the Sakaraty Sud center. They make a living repairing bicycles. 

 adult lit bicycles.jpg


80% of Madagascar households are involved in farming, therefore, inability to read and write, alongside financial illiteracy, is a barrier to the advancement of the farming community, and this makes them vulnerable to exploitation. 

Pelameie and Vahotovoe, sisters-in-law both share a series of vegetable plots from which they harvest green vegetables. The two bring their produce to markets at Behabobo (4km) or Antsolo (15km)each on its market day. They are in the Literacy Program to learn their signature, and to be able to keep records of thier produce and sales.

 adult lit farming.jpg


Satraha Adult Literacy Training Programme has impacted over 47,400 people to acquire and life changing literacy skills. If you would like to financially support our Adult Literacy programme, please contact Sarah here