Äthiopische Kinder in der Schule

Focal Area

Education

Education

“Education is the key to development”.

Only one in two persons over the age of 15 years in Ethiopia can read and write. But a good primary education is the basis for a better and independent future. For this reason, we are building schools in the more remote areas of the country and are providing continuing education courses for teachers.

Help us extend the educational options and improve the future of children!

Education changes lives! And those living in our project areas will tell you about the extent that this is the case:

Many girls and boys living in Ethiopia simply do not have access to primary education. These children – mainly the girls – are often required to take on arduous chores on behalf of their families and spend many hours a day collecting water or firewood. The schools are often far away from the children's homes, thus the children are forced to cover long distances to get there.

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Education – the key to development

When there is a school in the village, it is often a dark makeshift hut made of straw and clay. There are very few secondary schools in rural regions and the parents simply cannot afford to finance their children's education in the nearest large town. In Ethiopia, 50% of the population is under the age of 20 years. These young people represent an incredible potential for Ethiopia's economy, as what the country primarily needs is qualified personnel. We intend to give these young people the chance to enjoy a better future by improving the educational options available to them in the rural regions of Ethiopia.

Education – the key to development

When there is a school in the village, it is often a dark makeshift hut made of straw and clay. There are very few secondary schools in rural regions and the parents simply cannot afford to finance their children's education in the nearest large town. In Ethiopia, 50% of the population is under the age of 20 years. These young people represent an incredible potential for Ethiopia's economy, as what the country primarily needs is qualified personnel. We intend to give these young people the chance to enjoy a better future by improving the educational options available to them in the rural regions of Ethiopia.

What we do

Our activities in our focal area education are as follows:

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Construction of new schools and the renovation of existing school buildings
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Equipment of schools with furniture, books and teaching material
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English language courses for teaching personnel
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Adult education courses to combat illiteracy
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The construction of schools: foundations for the future

The schools constructed by Menschen für Menschen are permanent buildings. The German Technical Inspection Association TÜV has reviewed the construction methods and has accredited the schools built by Menschen für Menschen with the highest grade of "GOOD". Schools are made of a concrete and steel shell enclosed by robust trapezoidal steel sheeting and are equipped with louvre windows that allow light and fresh air into classrooms. They are made of individual slats that do not extrude into rooms and can be easily replaced if broken. These schools provide children with a bright and clean learning environment and thus offer a solid foundation for their future.
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Powerful girls to power the future!

Education is an important tool that helps people out of poverty and is a basic prerequisite if they are to live a self-determined life. It can be especially difficult for girls living in the rural regions of Ethiopia to gain access to good basic education. There are many reasons for this – among these the fact that poor families are often reliant on the help that their children can provide in the fields or in the home. For girls in particular, education can be the route through which they can break out of the vicious circle of poverty: on average, educated women give birth to fewer children, have increased opportunities of obtaining work and are more free to make their own decisions. It is thus very important to promote the education of girls and young women.

What we've already achieved:

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458 schools constructed

To date we have built 458 schools that provide children and young people with a good quality, clean learning environment.
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364,890 participants in our literacy courses

364,890 have taken part in literacy courses in which they've learned to read, write, and do simple sums.
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7 vocational training centres

We've built 7 vocational training centres. This includes the Agro-Technical and Technology College (ATTC) in Harar. The college offers practice-orientated courses in mechanical engineering, electrical and electronic technology, automotive technology and agricultural sciences and has become the model for other colleges in Ethiopia. To date, 2,360 young women and men have acquired qualifications through the ATTC.