Madagascar, Ambalafeno
Acronis School in Madagascar
Construction Period: Mar 2020 – Oct 2020


Type of facility

A two-storey school building with four classrooms and sanitary facilities





NGO Partner


Academic year

August to July

Literacy rate (15+ years old)

81.2 %

Out-of-school children

Children (6 – 11 years) – 66,840
Adolescents (12 to 14 years) – 627,799
Youth (15 – 17) – 1,126,532

Project implementation

Abalafeno, a small village west of Antsirabe, had the only primary and secondary school in the region. Unfortunately, the building in which both were located was badly damaged by a cyclone in 2018. In 2020, Acronis Cyber Foundation rebuilt and opened a new school in Abalafeno, one which can accommodate 425 students. The school also received new plumbing, including toilets and a handwashing station.

The new school building in Abalafeno is large enough to bring high school to this region, and allows students to attend full-time classes. Because the school is now centrally located, kids can now even enjoy a hot lunch at home.

As part of the Schools Initiative, Acronis Cyber Foundation builds computer classrooms in each school that it builds. In Ambalafeno, this comes with a unique challenge: a lack of local grid-supplied electricity means that the school requires the installation of solar panels. We welcome everyone to contribute towards construction of a computer classroom in Ambalafeno by donating laptops, tablets, solar panels and other energy-efficient equipment.

News from the project

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About the country


Republic of Madagascar

Capital city



26.2 million people


Malagasy ariary (MGA)

Major languages

Malagasy and French

Travel information

Madagascar has a generally temperate climate, averaging 8–10 daily sunshine hours in most regions.

Annual average temperature

26°C (78.8°F)

Dry season

May to October, characterized by low levels of rainfall with sunny but cool days.

Wet season

November to April, characterized by higher levels of rainfall and humidity.

Travel tips

Hotel recommendations

Antananarivo: Carlton Madagascar Hotel

Antsirabe: Plumeria Hotel

Haute Matsiatra: Betsileo Country Lodge

Places to eat

Antananarivo: Vaniala Antsakaviro

Antsirabe: L’Insolite

Haute Matsiatra: Betsileo Country Lodge

Best souvenirs from the country

Zafimaniry crafts, artisan gems and stones, baobab seeds, Antemoro paper, Madagascan coffee

Travel agencies


Interpreting services



Proposed one week tour

Day 1: Antananarivo: Andafiavaratra Palace

Day 2: Alaotra-Mangoro: Andasibe-Mantadia National Park

Day 3: Antsirabe: School visit

Day 4: Fianarantsoa: Historical part of the city

Day 5: Haute Matsiatra: Ranomafana National Park

Day 6: Antsirabe: Tritriva Lake

Day 7: Antananarivo: Analakely Market

Help by donating
If you believe in our mission and want to make an impact, you can support the Acronis Schools Initiative