With the generous help of the Karell Travel Grant, MA student Sarah Labbé recently travelled to Madagascar to conduct field research for her master's thesis. The research took place over the course of two months in Mahajanga, Madagascar, a relatively small coastal city with a population of about 155,000 people. Often described by locals as a cosmopolitan city for its ethnically diverse population, Mahajanga offered a unique setting in which to study the Malagasy education system. Sarah visited several schools in Mahajanga to observe classes and interview students, teachers, and administrators in an effort to better understand from a Malagasy perspective the dynamics of language within the education system, the resulting challenges, and possible solutions.
Labbé will present her research findings at the Karell Lecture on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 at 12:00pm, in LC 309 at FIU’s Modesto Maidique Campus.