PROMES (Association for economic and social promotion)
The personal development path allowed me to understand who I am, where I come from and where I want to go. Before, I thought that life was unfair, but with SESAME I have been able to discover my own personal qualities. The fact of having personal tutors is a great help, especially when I have difficulty making choices. I am very lucky compared to other young people because I have support. With SESAME, my success will depend solely on my own effort!″
in Preparatory Year, Literature
OF THE SESAME PROGRAM
1st GUIDANCE FORUM FOR
HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTES
More than a thousand senior school students and young baccalaureate graduates attended the 1st Guidance Form for Higer Education Institutes which was held at the SESAME campus in Antananarivo. 23 institutes presented their courses, diplomas and openings: vital information for young Madagascans who benefit from very little information for building their professional project.
SESAME program: support for higher education and access to a promising field in Madagascar
In extension of the CERES program, the SESAME program is a higher education preparatory and monitoring measure. It supports motivated bachelor degree students who are experiencing material or personal difficulties: these may be a result of a modest background, distance from the capital or even personal training that is insufficient for choosing a career and preparing for the complexity of student and urban life.
In order to achieve this goal, SESAME offers students a Preparatory Year (PY) at its new campus in Antananarivo, inaugurated in 2016 (see inset p.19). The program comprises educational and remediation lessons as well as personal development paths. At the end of the Preparatory Year, students present their ″life plan″ to a jury and sit their exams. 100% of PY students from the first three years of SESAME have joined a reputable higher education establishment in Antananarivo or Antsirabe.
During their higher education, the young people are monitored by reference educators and benefit from educational and professional guidance. They live in boarding accommodation and receive a scholarship which covers their school fees. ″Living costs″ are covered by their families.
In 2017, 100% of the 100 students who benefited from the preparatory year were admitted to the six top senior schools in Fianarantsoa.
- 309 students supported by the program, 50% of whom were young girls.
- 593 additional young people benefitted from professional orientation and integration supports.
- 43 internship placement organizations.
THE NEW SESAME CAMPUS IN ANTANANARIVO
The new SESAME campus opened its doors in September 2016. Located in the heart of the Madagascan capital, it has two boarding units – girls and boys – and a three-storey main building for classes and administrative services. Thanks to this new campus, students benefit from modern tools to help them develop their skills: fully-equipped classrooms, amphitheater, laboratory, computer room and media library. At the start of the 2016 academic year, the campus welcomed 72 students in the Preparatory Year. In 2017, there were 96 students and 120 students the following years.