Education For All

In Ethiopia, only 39% of people can read and write. Too many children are missing out on school and falling through the cracks – girls, orphans, youth from rural areas. As their chance for an education disappears, so too does any chance for a better future.

Education For All

OUR AIM: To ensure everyone has access to education regardless of age, gender or physical condition

Our Solution

How you’re helping provide equal education across Ethiopia

Your support works hand-in-hand with three incredible partner organisations to provide education for marginalised groups. We’re proud to introduce Yenege Tesfa in northern Ethiopia, the Jerusalem Children & Community Development Organisation (JeCCDO) in central and eastern Ethiopia and Dignity Period in north and north-western Ethiopia.

In addition to education, Yenege Tesfa and JeCCDO are heavily involved in work with orphans and vulnerable children which you can read more about here.

  • Formal School

    • Enrol orphaned children living in foster care or group homes to their local primary school
    • Help older student access tertiary education, vocational training like an apprenticeship or seek employment so they can lead a more independent future
    • Provide essential school materials such as writing books, pens and textbooks to help students already in school continue their studies and not drop out

  • Informal School

    • Help students from disadvantages areas get the most out of their schooling with extracurricular tutorial classes to support their learning
    • Provide programs for business, craft production, communication and mathematics to students unwilling or unable to attend formal school
    • Run a mobile school which travels to different locations in Gondar every day to give children still living on the street a chance to learn
    • Run basic literacy programs for adults to teach them how to read and write, and also teach about topics such as HIV/AIDs, health and hygiene, and harmful traditional practices

  • School Facilities

    • Stock classrooms with essential learning materials such as stationery and textbooks 
    • Improve facilities for schools in struggling areas by refurbishing buildings and constructing new science laboratories and libraries where possible
    • Build better water and toilet facilities in rural schools; first to improve sanitation for students, and second so that adolescent girls can manage their periods in a sanitary and private environment instead of staying home from school during these times

  • Keeping Girls in School

    • Dignity Period aims to keep girls in school by providing reusable sanitary pads so adolescent girls can manage their periods discreetly without being forced to stay home from school each month
    • DID YOU KNOW… These sanitary pads are purchased from local manufacturer, the Mariam Seba Sanitary Factory and are re-usable plus eco-friendly
    • Distribute information booklets on puberty and reproductive biology to both girls and boys to give them a much-needed resource to turn to and help break down the stigma against puberty and menstruation

Our Impact

How you’ve helped already: Harifeya’s Story

For 16-year-old Harifeya, getting her period was a terrifying and shameful experience. In rural Ethiopia, there is a strong social stigma against menstruation - it is seen as shameful, unclean, and a result of sexual activity.

Not understanding how to manage her period discreetly and too embarrassed to ask for guidance from her parents, Harifeya would often stay home from school during these times of the month. She had no way to manage her periods in a sanitary manner at school and constantly worried about the merciless teasing from other students.

It’s a sad fact that girls feel forced to stay home from school during their periods, fall further and further behind in their studies, and end up dropping out early. This could have been Harifeya’s story too.

But then one day our partners Dignity Period came to Harifeya’s school to hold education sessions on menstruation and give the girls reusable sanitary wear and hygiene kits.

It was a simple but highly effective solution. Not only could Harifeya and girls just like her now manage their periods with dignity but, equally important, Harifeya could continue attending school without fear of missing out each month and falling behind.

High school Ethiopian student Harifeya with menstrual hygiene kit through Dignity Period

Harifeya (centre) with classmates holding menstrual hygiene kit from Dignity Period