- Harmful Traditional Practices
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- Orphans & Vulnerable Children
- Maternal Health
Education for all
In a country where the literacy rate is below 40% it's more critical than ever to ensure that children and young people are enrolled in school. However there are still staggeringly high numbers of youth missing out on formal education; particularly girls, people living with HIV and rurally-based children.
ETHIOPIAID’S AIM: To ensure that everyone has access to comprehensive education regardless of age, gender or physical condition.
We are working with three incredible organisations to provide educational opportunities for some of the most vulnerable and marginalized children in Ethiopia. Our work focuses on reducing the barriers that keep many disadvantaged children out of school.We are working with three incredible organisations to provide educational opportunities for some of the most vulnerable and marginalized children in Ethiopia. Our work focuses on reducing the barriers that keep many disadvantaged children out of school.
JeCCDO: Promoting literacy for all
JeCCDO understands the importance of education in community development, especially among our future change agents – children. Their Child Integrated Development Program, which Ethiopiaid supports in the northern rural region of Dire Dawa, provides opportunities for school children to improve academic performance and general knowledge by providing after-school tutorial programs. These programs are designed to improve the academic performance of children, enabling them to realise their full potential. JeCCDO also focus their attention on enhancing quality education in traditional schools settings, by improving school facilities and services. These improvements include the provision of updated teaching materials, such as reference and text books, and the construction of libraries and science laboratories. To date, 23 schools have been capacitated through these enhancements. Whilst improvements like these benefit those already at school, JeCCDO recognise that some children, especially young and adolescent girls, may be deterred from attending school because of health and hygiene reasons. In Ethiopia, many schools lack sufficient toilet facilities and access to an adequate source of water, posing difficulties for girls to manage their periods in a sanitary and private environment. Thankfully, JeCCDO have responded to this issue in Dire Dawa, and so far have installed 14 public toilets and 20 water points in schools, encouraging adolescent girls to remain at school and continue their education. But the amazing work of JeCCDO doesn’t stop there! JeCCDO’s reach is not only limited to school children but also extends to disabled and young children in marginalised communities, who are provided with opportunities to access quality early childhood and secondary education. Adults also reap the educational rewards from the functional literacy program, which has seen an improvement in the overall academic performance of Dire Dawa’s women and men.
Yenege Tesfa: Educating the most vulnerable
Based in Gondar, in Northern Ethiopia, Yenege Tesfa’s Home for Tomorrow program provides orphaned and vulnerable children, who have been forced to live on the street, with so much more than just a roof above their head. As well as housing, feeding and protecting them against child slavery, the Home for Tomorrow program provides on-going life skills training and long-term support for the children. The children living in Yenege Tesfas homes attend formal school education daily. Once they reach adulthood, they are supported whilst they complete higher education or find employment, educated with the skills, knowledge and confidence to stand on their own two feet. Yenege Tesfa’s Universal Education project gives children many different opportunities to engage in educational activities, ensuring a bright future for Gondar’s most vulnerable. Those who are fortunate enough to already be enrolled in school are provided with much needed school materials, to help them continue their education and thus reduce the amount of school drop outs. Those who are not however, do not need to miss out! Yenege Tesfa have created a whole range of opportunities for street children. The most innovative of these is the introduction of the mobile school: this service travels to two different locations in Gondar every day and gives street children the chance to learn. Additionally, those street children not enrolled in school are invited to participate in programs that teach them business, craft production, communication and mathematical skills as well as being invited to join the Youth Dialogue Program, a peer group providing social guidance and emotional support. The most remarkable thing about Yenege Tesfa’s programs is that they offer a long-term solution. With Yenege Tesfa’s incredible programs, the future for children in Gondar certainly looks brighter!
- In 2014, almost 6,500 people benefited from JeCCDO’s education programs in Dire Dawa! Not to mention the countless more who now have the opportunity to participate in literacy programs because of JeCCDO’s WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) projects. Over the next three years, JeCCDO hope to impact a further 18,400 people, including 17,800 children. We’re excited to see the changes in Dire Dawa, as more children, youth and adults improve their education, learn new skills, and create new businesses; enhancing the economic stability of the region.
- The programs offered in Gondar have made significant changes to the lives of both school children and those living on the street. Already in 2015, over 2100 street children have benefited from the lessons taught at the mobile school and other programs offered to street children, such as the skills training workshops and support programs, which over 200 children have attended. In order to keep kids in school, and provide opportunities for those who are not, Yenege Tesfa are creating hope for the future of vulnerable children.
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