We are helping Ethiopia
All of our current schools built from the collection are situated in Ethiopia. Why? It is one of the poorest countries not only of Africa but the whole world. Approximately less than half of Ethiopian children manage to finish elementary school. That is why 40% of the population is illiterate. Without an adequate approach towards education the country will never be able to modernize and develop itself.
Construction of schools is part of a broader People in Need development aid for Ethiopia. We provide long-term support to farmers, distribute livestock, help communities to fight deforestation or we (re)construct wells. In urban areas People in need works with socially excluded people in communities on the edge of society. Our general goal is to enhance the self-sufficiency of the poorest and their resilience in case of a crisis. For detailed info, please click here. However, only education can empower the people, build their potential and help them to escape the vicious circle of poverty.
Hard life of Ethiopian students
Compulsory education in Ethiopia has 8 years. Most of the children are however able only to attend few grades of elementary school. It is because of the acute shortage of both school buildings and teachers. In rural areas schools typically resemble simple shelters made of timber and mud.
Such primitive constructions are often victims of frequent heavy rains. Sometimes an incredible number of pupils have to squeeze into simple classrooms. Those who do not find their place behind the desks are left behind. The next school is often many walking hours away.
Thanks to Lets build the school in Africa collection and Run for Africa events it is possible every year to select at least one village in which we build a new school. How do we select the right candidate? Most of the schools we built are located in Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region (SNNPR). We have been working for a long time in this rural area in the south of the country and have experience with local communities there. In cooperation with local authorities People in need selects several candidate villages. Those are then inspected by our team. We evaluate not only how many children lack access to education but also the state of existing school buildings, engagement of villagers and their willingness to help with both construction and school maintenance and development. The place for a new school is selected based on these criteria. Read more about school currently under construction.)
How we build schools
A local construction company carries out the construction under People in Need supervision. Work lasts usually 6 months. New school buildings are made of concrete and bricks. Fully equipped classrooms and restroom for teachers are accompanied by latrines and roof water catchment system. Teachers on PIN schools also undergo trainings how to enhance quality of education. In Ethiopia the common problem is memorizing. Our teachers know that is crucial to engage their students and assure that they fully understand what they are learning.
Thanks to our donors we have been able to build at least one school in Ethiopia every year. Children still need your help. Even small donation helps us to make great things. We will be glad if you decide to support our case today.
Ethiopia in numbers
- more than a third of population live below poverty line, GDP per capita of Ethiopia is twenty times lower than that of the Czech Republic
- not even 40% of Ethiopians are literate and approximately every second child drops out of school
- in the Czech Republic 65% of young people study university, in Ethiopia just only 3%
- 56 million lack access to safe drinking water
- To turn on the light during evenings is a matter of course for us. But in Ethiopia, just about a half of the country is connected to national electricity grid.
Things you probably did not know about Ethiopia
- country is considered the birthplace of coffee planting. The name of this delicious drink is said to be derived from the name of Ethiopian province of Kaffa.
- Ethiopian calendar has 13 months. And the year count is eight years behind ours (2014 is 2006)
- The majority of population is Christian by belief. The emperors of Ethiopia considered themselves as descendants of Solomon
- Ethiopia was never a colony (with exception of the short Italian occupation). Together with Liberia they are only two such African countries.
- People of Ethiopia speak more than 80 languages. Official language is Amharic.
Architectonic plan of our schools
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