My journey

Myriam Vololonarivo
Posted September 22, 2015 from Madagascar
Children at school

Education first

I am thinking about the lack of education in my country now. I am part of the 3% of 23 millions of population, privileged ones who has achieved their university studies. I earn my bachelor degree in Communication and Cultural Mediation, but this diploma isn't enough to find a job if I wasn't so active in informal educations, in humanitarian causes. I used to participate in forum, militantist manifestations of young people, in regional, national and international level. If I wasn't involved to share my opinions about education, climate change, and every skills I didn't gain at school, I wouldn't still find a job in journalism. Today, I would change the education and employement policies of Madagascar, including youth and women's right. I will bring new solutions, ideas that could bring change in positive ways in my community.

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coolasas
Sep 22, 2015
Sep 22, 2015

Hello Myriam,

I like your attitude of owning your dreams not only for you but for your country, I will root for your success. You have the opportunity to be the change agent you want to be and bring likeminded people in your dream of change for Madagascar and increase that 3% as the years progress. Do you have any idea where to start?

Keep us posted and good luck always!

Coolasas

Myriam Vololonarivo
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 28, 2016

Hi Coolasas,

Thank you for your inspiring encouragement. This year, I launch my own project entitled "School for mom". It will be a special high school for mothers who want to pursue their study although they hasn't enough money and time to obtain their first degree. Also, I educate young girls to become full citizens and active women in their community. I go on many part of Madagascar to give training about capacity building and civic leadership

Juksmori
Sep 22, 2015
Sep 22, 2015

Hello Myriam,

I like your courage and the positive attitude you have to your situation. 

Keep it up.

Juksmori

Maya Muñoz-Tobón
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

Dear Myriam,

Thank you for sharing your story. I appreciate your passion and motivation to achieve your goals, and courage to make change in Magascar so other women and girls can achieve what you have achieved.

I hope that this training and our community brings you skills and resources to support your dreams.

In partnership, 

Maya

Kirthi
Sep 23, 2015
Sep 23, 2015

Myriam, you are amazing! I am inspired by your motivation and passion and sense of dedication!

Myriam Vololonarivo
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 28, 2016

Hello Kirthijay,

thank you for your encouragement :-)

Ukhengching Marma
Sep 25, 2015
Sep 25, 2015

Hi Myriam,

I can understand how important it is to acheive education.You are lucky enough like me who could empower us by the light of education and connect with this global community. I can see an amazing leader in you, in your activities. Keep going .

Love and respect 

Ukheng

BarbaraP
Sep 25, 2015
Sep 25, 2015

Dear Myriam,

As a retired teacher it is 'music to my ears' to hear that you want to bring more educational and career opportunities to youth and women.  I really enjoyed your story and want to hear more from you.  What are your ideas of how to change the policies of Madagascar?  I am sure that some of your sisters at World Pulse can give you practical ideas and feedback so that you are able to achieve your goals!  I look forward to hearing more about what you are able to do.  Keep up the great work in trying to help change the systems in your country.

Warm regards,

Barbara

Myriam Vololonarivo
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 28, 2016

Hello Barbara,

Thank you for your comment. Honestly, I have no clear idea for how to begin to change the policies. Actually, I lauch my own project entitled "School for mom". It will be a special high school for mothers who want to pursue their study although they hasn't enough money and time to obtain their first degree. As the same time, I educate young girls in many part of Madagascar to reinforce their capacity as women :-)

These actions may be difficult in this country where over 92% of population live under 1,5USD per day, but I am positive I can do something :-)

BarbaraP
May 01, 2016
May 01, 2016

And I am sure you CAN do something to help young mothers.  A Mom School sounds great.  Best of luck in all you do.

Warmly,

Barbara

noreez
Sep 26, 2015
Sep 26, 2015

Dear Myriam,

Congratulations for being part of the 3% of educated people among the 23 millions population.

You should be proud of your achievements as well as your selfless contribution to empower your society. Keep it up!!.

Myriam Vololonarivo
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 28, 2016

Dear Noreez,

May be I am lucky to have teacher parents who helped me hard to achieve my goals. In any case, thank you for your encouragement! I should be proud, of course, but I will be more when the girls I educate nowadays succeed in their life

PilarAlbisu
Sep 29, 2015
Sep 29, 2015

Dear Myriam,

I want to first congratulate you on your wonderful post. Your commmittment to your country and to education in general is truly admirable. I definitely agree with you that sharing one's opinions, knowledge and beliefs is vital in bringing about long-term change. How great it is to hear that you have taken your education and put it to use through journalism, a fascinating career which I'm sure you'll do great in!

I wish you nothing but the best in your efforts to change Madagascar's education and employment policies. Keep up the hard work and never lose faith in the power of change.

Hope to hear more from you,

Pilar 

Myriam Vololonarivo
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 28, 2016

Hello Pilar,

Thank you su much for your comment. I could'nt respond you on the right time, due to my activities on field and the lack of internet in my country. Reading your comment encourages me to keep on my way, as well as it is so hard :-) Let's believe that everything comes to a happy end

zizou
Oct 01, 2015
Oct 01, 2015

Dear Myriam

there is an arabic saying "الأم مدرسة إذا أعددتها أعددت شعبا طيب الأعراق" for a great author Ahmed Chawki and it means mother is a school if you prepare her very well you will build a great nation, but in many developping countries people are not aware of the importance of teaching girls; those girls who will grow up to be women and raise their children , how can they raise them well without education and knowledge !! I can say that the future of all the nation depends on women's education ! So it's a priority and i encourage you to move on in this cause and fight for it because it's the key for progress.

sincerly,

Myriam Vololonarivo
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 28, 2016

Dear Zizou, I totally agree with you and the author Ahmed Chawki. Women is the main agent of change, because she educate her son and daughter to become who she want to: a good citizen or someone else. Educating women and girl is preparing a nation. That's why it is important. Thank you for you comment, Zizou. All the best, Myriam

Maggie B
Oct 01, 2015
Oct 01, 2015

Hello Myriam,

A a journalist, your voice will be agreat asset to your country in improving the availability of education, particularly for women. I would be interested in hearing more from you as your journey toward change progresses. Best of luck!

Maggie B

SanPatagonia
Oct 01, 2015
Oct 01, 2015

Hi Myriam!

As a journalist myself, I could totally relate to your story. As a chosen career path, it's hard in terms of employment (at least, here in my country), but it's also very rewarding because you're part of a very important bridge - in a way, an educative one. So your commitment and passion for ensuring access to Education makes perfect sense. Somehow, you're finding the way even when getting a job as a journalist could still be difficult. 

You're part of that proud 3% and a promise to all the women in your country, an example, pure inspiration... Stay strong and use these wonderful voice and determination of yours to keep your voice in action!

Warm regards

San

Carolyn Seaman
Oct 25, 2015
Oct 25, 2015

Hi Myriam,

I love your positive outlook to the daunting situation of education and unemployment in your country. Those, in addition to many other vices like poverty, alarming corruption indices, poor health and environmental realities as well as poor infrastructural facilities and failed social amenities (the list could go on and on), are the many challenges that also prevail in Nigeria and many other developing countries. And this is why the demand ontinues to rest on our shoulders to put our education and other acquired skills to play to work towards improving our societies for generations to come.

And I agree with you. Education comes first! It remains the basic foundation for any individual to thrive in any endeavour in our world today. I worked for many years around women's rights and empowerment; gender-based violence, increasing women's political participation and the like. But, reviewing my work - the many research studies and findings and recommendations started to raise some fundamental questions? How can a girl, who failed to access quality education as a child, grow into some magically empowered woman who knows and stands for her rights, challenges any and every form of violence targeted at her because of her gender or demand an equal-level playing field with her male counterparts in the decision-making positions in her community? It simply is not possible! Education is very vital to empowering our girls to grow and mature into women who can effectively engage the socio-economic and political sectors of society. This has motivated my passion for girls education and girls empowerment. And I commend you for your similar passion advocating for education. We simply cannot ignore its importance.

Keep up your good work!

Carolyn

Myriam Vololonarivo
Apr 28, 2016
Apr 28, 2016

Hi Carolyn,

I totally agree with you! May be the situation in Nigeria and Madagascar are similar. The context is difficult so the corruption, poor health, violence against gender serve a consequence of the lack of education. You know, everything we do to make positive change in our country depend on politics and politician leaders. But I used to think that it is time to change. That is why I am launching my own project for women and young mothers. How can the ensure a brighter future for their child if they haven't enough skills or capacity to give a good education?

We have to join our force and work together to give a better future for Africa

All the best, myriam

Carolyn Seaman
May 19, 2016
May 19, 2016

Way to go! Miriam!

I love your change strategy - to inspire women and young mothers would certainly empower the women to empower their children. And you can inspire significant change in your country in the near future. 

Best wishes for a greater Africa in the near future. And it is inspiring to connect with a fellow change agent. 

Warm regards,