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A water retention basin

Permaculture Project

October 7, 2018 — In the early summer of 2018, Lukas Url, a Swiss permaculture consultant, returned to Sekoly Tenaquip, to continue work on the school’s permaculture gardens. With the willing assistance of students, staff and parents, Lukas was able to complete work on the terraces, swales and water retention basins that he began last year. This is a model project, demonstrating the efficacy...

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First Impressions January

February 1, 2018 — First Impressions  - January I arrived to find the school community strong, and vibrant. There is an atmosphere of possibility and excitement in the air.  Our soccer team won the championship in January for the whole of our school board district. They await the playoffs with other school areas.  Teachers are keen to share the changes they have made to...

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On My Way to Madagascar

January 13, 2018 — I leave Montreal on Monday January 15th 2018, for a two month trip to the project. I am really looking forward to being there for the 4th trip of the stART International team who will do some more teacher training with our teachers at Sekoly Tenaquip. I also look forward to working with our school committee, meeting some people from...

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Solar Oven

What a difference a day makes!

December 22, 2017 —   In a single day this past summer, 44 online donors gave enough money to buy two solar ovens for our school on Madagascar.  The ovens can cook meals for the teachers and staff without using firewood. This saves both money and trees.  See the ovens in action here:   This amazing fundraising campaign was made possible by Givesome, an...

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Fall Newsletter 2017

November 7, 2017 —     Click here to read our 2017 Fall Newsletter.

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New Developments - Spring 2017

April 16, 2017 — Bringing New Life to Teaching and the Land A year has gone by since I worked with the faculty at MSP and it is amazing to see the burgeoning growth that has occurred at the school in this short period of time. Kathy Lucking, the founder and director of the school, dropped by my office today to share the many...

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Debbie Nelson's Class

Continuation of Children helping Children

January 17, 2017 — Now we jump on a plane in New Zealand and end up in Ramsgate in England! Here we are greeted by teacher Debbie Nelson and her class who have also been studying Madagascar. I have the pleasure of going to meet the students, show them some pictures and videos of Madagascar and answering there many prepared questions. These students each...

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The students of the Hurupaki School

Children Helping Children... To be Continued

November 11, 2016 — Over the past couple of years I've had the chance to communicate with schools all over the world, thanks to this webpage and our Facebook Page. Conscientious teachers who want their children to really understand Madagascar have helped their children to learn about life here, and then have raised money to actually act out of the compassion they feel and do...

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First trip of 2016- Jan. 11

January 11, 2016 — So, I'm just getting ready to head to the airport and take off for Madagascar for another almost three months. I'm very excited and feel ready for another chance to work with the students and staff at our growing school. One is never quite sure what the opportunities and challenges will be presented, but it's always exciting and enriching.We are...

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The First Waldorf School in Madagascar

The First Waldorf School in Madagascar

December 10, 2015 — In January 2016, Warren Lee Cohen Codirector of the Rudolf Steiner Centre and Toronto Waldorf School parent will be travelling to Madagascar to support the first Waldorf school in this island nation. Warren will be bringing with him 25 years of experience as a Waldorf educator as well as education resources for the faculty of this school including beeswax crayons...

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Some of our teachers in training

Autumn 2014 (b): Where we're at and where we're headed

November 2, 2014 — Our teachers, together created a school song and put it to music with the help of newly hired math and physics teacher, Pascal. The song is in Malagasy, but here is a rough translation of what it means. 1. The Tenaquip School, our school, already well known and respected for some time This is a school that is very unique,...

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Autumn 2014: Where we're at and where we're going

November 1, 2014 — Volunteers are currently working in Madagascar, helping by teaching English, computers, and teaching strategies to our teachers, art to our students, consulting on beginning a laying hens project, and helping with Toonie Twinning letters. Helena and Eleanor are both retired principal/teachers, and Sydney is a young woman with a keen desire to help and great artistic ability. Sydney also took...

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Karli Archambault

The Generosity of Children

March 14, 2014 — I heard today that a youngster has saved the money from the visit of the Tooth Fairy to send to her Toonie Twinning friend in Madagascar! “The arm is broken you say? Good opportunity to raise some money!” says Karli Archambault, former student of Maxville Public School. This family of three children, living in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia,  each asked for...

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