S: By Jeannie Grieve
FC: Welcome to MADAGASCAR
1: Madagascar is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of Africa. Madagascar is a land like no other. An island roughly the size of Texas or France, Madagascar is home to more than 250,000 species of which 70 are found nowhere else on the globe. Madagascar is a land of extraordinary cultural richness. It's a place where ancestors are as much a part of the present day as they are of the past; where in many areas taboo and tradition takes precedence over the law; and western-style religion is freely mixed with beliefs in sorcery and unparalleled funerary customs. | welcome
2: The mixed origins of Malagasy (the name for the people of Madagascar) has produced an interesting set of cultures that draws from southeast Asia, India, Africa, and the Middle East. Within the country, people's physical appearance, religious practices, and traditions are highly regional -- the strongest bond between Malagasy is sharing a common language. | Agriculture
3: Agriculture is a big part of how the economy in Madagascar is run. The picture above is of women picking the fruit off branches so they could be packed and baskets and sold to drivers that would bring them to bigger cities or abroad.
4: The picture to the left is how hard the work may be in Madagascar and it shows the technique of threshing rice. Rice is food that is crop for the Malagasy so harvest time is very exciting. When the weather isn't the best in Madagascar harvest time isn't good, which can cause the money shortage and the economy to go down. The picture below is a village, also called a market where the Malagasy people can go and sell there crops for money.
5: Both theses pictures are pictures of markets in Madagascar that the people can come and sell there crops =or anything in order to earn some money. Poverty is pretty bad in Madagascar and the people have to do what they can in order to make a living. | In 2000, Madagascar embarked on the preparation of a Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries Initiative. In October 2004, the boards of the IMF and the World Bank determined that Madagascar had reached the completion point under the enhanced HIPC Initiative. | Economy
6: A long time ago when Madagascar was in desperate need of money and economic support, they started to research on anything possible and found a way to make silk from the common spiders of Madagascar. They started to solve their economic problems buy using natural resources. Several major projects are underway in the mining and oil and gas sectors that, if successful, will give a significant boost to the Malagasy economy.
7: This is a good article even though it is short it is good news for Madagascar and strikes up a question if the oil is going to cause problems with Madagascar or if its going to help. The president of Madagascar says in his speech that it will become a net exporter by 1985. He had not mentioned it will decline the rate of production which now costs $65 billion.
8: It turned out the oil finding was a big boost for Madagascar. In the mining sector, these include the development of coal at Sakoa and nickel near Tamatave. In oil, Madagascar Oil is developing the massive onshore heavy oil field at Tsimiroro and ultra heavy oil field at Bemolanga.
9: Education in Madagascar has a long and distinguished history. Formal schooling began with medieval Arab seafarers, who established a handful of Islamic primary schools (kuttabs) and developed a transcription of the Malagasy language using Arabic script, known as (sorabe). These schools were short-lived, and formal education was only to return under the 19th-century Kingdom of Madagascar when the support of successive kings and queens produced the most developed public school system in precolonial Sub-Saharan Africa. | Education
11: However, formal schools were largely limited to the central highlands around the capital of Antananarivo and were frequented by children of the noble class (andriana). Among other segments of the island's population, traditional education predominated through the early 20th century. This informal transmission of communal knowledge, skills and norms was oriented toward preparing children to take their place in a social hierarchy dominated by community elders and particularly the ancestors (razana), who were believed to oversee and influence events on earth.
12: Women in Madagascar would take time out of their daily routine and teach children whose families couldn't afford schooling, how to read and write.
13: Children don't have enough money to buy nice clothes, shoes, and toys. They had to make things out of scraps and this they would find on the sheet. | Children
14: These kids are helping get water.
15: Water came from the rivers. It was used for drinking, bathing, washing food. Anything that needed cleaning.
16: No washers and dryers. Laundry was done outside using the sun and natural resources. If weather was bas, the laundry did not get done.
17: Food was cooked outside too. No stoves, fire and pots.
18: Even though the people of Madagascar don't have a lot. They work with what they have. Jobs aren't the best and living is hard. But they are striving for the best and having to work with what they have.
19: They follow the ways of their ancestors. They have strong pride in their ancestors and when someone dies it is a celebration and event that they do not take for granted. This lamba is used as a gift to the ancestors of Madagascar.
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23: An old steam engine used to be a part of a burning barricade to block a road leading to Madagascar's national parliament in Antananarivo. For more than months government supporters and soldiers have blockaded the only road for government and the market. For along time this blockade was weakening the economy.
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28: Madagascar is rich with colors of people, animals, customs, and so much more. It is an amazing place.
29: Come back | soon.
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