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Cooperation: LIME Program, aiming to send Malagasy students in the US 16/01/2013 | 17:01:28

Students from the High school of Andohalo have just benefited from a series of training offered by students from Lafayette College of Pennsylvania, Unites States, as part of the Program called LIME (Lafayette Initiative for Madagascar Education). The program initially aims to identify some brilliant students from some high schools in Madagascar and to help them prepare through the different processes of admission in US universities. In a word, the program offers Malagasy students to pursue their study in America.

Like every year, a dozen students from Lafayette College come to Madagascar to share their experience and skills, especially academic ones, to Malagasy students. So far, the High school of Andohalo seems to be the only responsive establishment that showed keen interest in the program. It is then logical that a student from that establishment is now pursuing her study in the US, while some other students, younger than her, are currently preparing to follow her path. The few selected students to participate in the LIME program are sorted out from a pool of applicants thanks to their good grades at school, their skill in English and in Mathematics.

The training of the LIME students, first, consists in helping the latter to prepare for the different admission tests generally required by US universities. These include, among others, the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), which is a language ability test, allowing to assess students’ level of fluency in English, and the SAT (Scholastic Assessment Test), which evaluates the academic worth of the students. The training ended with the issuance of certificates for the participants. It is important to note that the Lafayette students took charge of all the expenses during the training program, including test fees, training materials, transportation, thanks to fundraising activities the latter performed prior to coming to Madagascar.


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