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World Water Day – Water and Jobs

Written by Ama Konneh

World Water Day is an international opportunity for people to learn more about water related problems, highlight and increase awareness on these issues, and make a global impact. The day itself dates back to 1993 when the United Nations General Assembly dedicated March 22nd as the first World Water Day and has since become an annual affair. Each year, World Water Day focuses on a specific aspect of water – the theme for 2016 is ‘Water and Jobs’. Previous years have included Water and Sustainable Development, Water and Energy, and Water Cooperation.

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Clean water should be accessible to all and has been explicitly declared as a fundamental human right – ‘the right to water and sanitation’. However as we know, millions still go without this basic necessity and are forced to drink contaminated water containing harmful bacteria which leads to thousands of cases of water-borne diseases every day.

Access to water and sanitation in Ethiopia is some of the poorest in the world. Nevertheless, Ethiopia is on its way to achieving the Millennium Development Goal related to water. More than half of the households (54%) have access to an improved source of drinking water, compared to 35% in 2005. Despite this vast progress, the improvement of sanitation is proving more challenging. The National Water Sanitation and Hygiene data indicates that children in schools are particularly vulnerable as only 33% have improved sanitation and a mere 31% have access to safe water. Samuel Godfrey, Chief of WASH Unicef in Ethiopia stresses that “we should focus on women and children as the primary beneficiaries of water in Ethiopia”. Poor water sanitation in Ethiopia means that diarrhoea is responsible for 46% of infant mortality and the capital city, Addis Abba, is ranked 6th dirtiest city in the world.

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Many of the events that take place on World Water Day are held worldwide and raising awareness takes many forms. This includes theatrical and musical celebrations of water, sports competitions, fundraising or donating to charity for those who are in dire need of clean and affordable water, and educating all generations on the importance of protecting water resources to prevent water scarcity.

Link Ethiopia endeavour’s to provide children in Ethiopia with a better quality of teaching and a range of school resources. We encourage teachers and tutors to use these materials to enhance the children’s education on this important day and further emphasise the significance of clean water as well as the consequences of drinking unsafe water-

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Learning activities:

Understanding Cholera

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Posted in 2016, Other news, School links, Water and sanitation |

World Challenge Projects Summer 2014

By Hannah Dillon and Tefera Teklu

Link Ethiopia’s partnership with World Challenge has cemented with another fruitful year that saw a flurry of construction and painting activities. Cheers to every group of young people who did their part in making sure that access to better education in Ethiopia is fair to all, especially to girls and pupils with disabilities. We hope that you will come back some day to see the changes that have come through your invaluable support.
And here is a summary of what has been done in the summer of 2014:

De Ferres and Bavarian Int.: helped with the construction and decoration of a brand new toilet block for pupils which included access for wheelchair users. (Hora Arsedi)

From De Ferres and Bavarian International to Hora Arsedy School: helping with the construction and decoration of a brand new toilet block for pupils which included access for wheelchair users.

Cairo and UAS Dubai: helped with building a new toilet block by moving materials, as well as creating a beautiful garden. These have made a huge difference to the school. (Kera Hora)

From Cairo and UAS Dubai to Kera Hora Elementary: helped with building a new toilet block by moving materials, as well as creating a beautiful garden. These have made a huge difference to the school.

Henry Floyd: this group provided a much-needed concrete floor to several classrooms and brightened up the school with colourful painting. (Addis Alem)

From Henry Floyd to Addis Alem Elementary: this group provided a much-needed concrete floor to several classrooms and brightened up the school with colourful painting.

From Henry Floyd and John Colet: helped local labourers with the challenge of plastering a classroom and painting the inside ready for kindergarten children.

From Henry Floyd and John Colet: helped local labourers with the challenge of plastering a classroom and painting the inside ready for kindergarten children.

From Winchester College: this group gave a classroom a complete makeover, helping a local builder with cementing the floor and painting the walls. (Tseda)

From Winchester College to Tseda Elementary: this group gave a classroom a complete makeover, helping a local builder with cementing the floor and painting the walls.

 

 

Posted in 2015, Classrooms and furniture, Inclusive education, Projects, Uncategorized, Volunteering, Water and sanitation |

‘Beautiful by Sky Hormbrey’

Written by Laurence

The wonderful single ‘Beautiful’ is out now! The song, written and performed by Sky Hormbrey from Headington School, is raising money for their partner school in Ethiopia – Hamle 19!

The school have done amazing things over a Link relationship that has lasted many years. We really hope this amazing effort furthers the fantastic work they’re already engaged in.

You can download the song on iTunes here, and help us change lives through education: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/beautiful-single/id983283795

Posted in 2015, Classrooms and furniture, Ethiopian news, Fundraising, Global Education, Other news, Project expeditions, School links, Volunteering, Water and sanitation |

Wuha Alleh [ውሃ አለ]

Written by Hannah


Wuha alleh [ውሃ አለ] by Link Ethiopia on Exposure

Posted in 2015, By project type, Projects, Water and sanitation |

Our 2013/2014 Annual Report

Written by Isabel

We have just published our Annual Report for 2013/2014 which is available to read here (link). We would like to thank you all for your support over the past year, and hope you continue on the journey with us! Below is a summary of what we have achieved with your help, and highlight of some of the work we’ve done over the past year. All of this, and more, is explored in more detail inside the report.

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Why Education?

Our work is completely focussed on changing lives through education. Whilst the impacts of schooling are experienced on an individual level, its benefits are multiplied to include families, communities and wider society. Among the benefits are an increased earning potential, a reduction in the infant mortality rate and an increase in average GDP by 0.37%.

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Further than ensuring education becomes universal, we work with our link schools to provide a quality education. To ensure this, we have 5 main targets on which we focus:

• Infrastructure
• Teaching Quality
• Learning Resources
• Inclusion (of all social groups)
• Community Support

Below are some examples of the projects we have been involved in during the 2013-2014 period, each of which reflect one or more of our targets.

St. George’s School Project

‘Having worked with schools elsewhere in Ethiopia, I could see the huge contribution that St. Georges is making to improve education’
– Hannah, Teacher and LE Volunteer

Link Ethiopia supported the establishment of the St George’s School project, an initiative set up by the Northwood School Group here in the UK. St George’s, a not-for-profit non-government school, provides learning opportunities for a large intake of orphans and disadvantaged children from the local area.

One of the first classes at the new St. George’s School enjoys learning in this colourful and stimulating environment.

One of the first classes at the new St. George’s School enjoys learning in this colourful and stimulating environment.

By March 2014, the core buildings were completed and already in use. The aim is for the project to continue to expand in order to provide schooling until Grade 12. A very big thank you to Broomwood Hall and the Northwood School Group for your vision and direction so far!

Case study: Dudmegn School, Gondar

In February 2014, we installed a water station of 24 new taps at Dudmegn School. Before the installation, the school was managing with just two functional taps for a population of over 2000 students. The wider availability of water in the school has resulted in a higher attendance rate among students. We are hugely thankful for the purchases made from our Gift Ethiopia shop, shop.linkethiopia.org, and also for contributions made by the Mandala Trust, in addition to the supporters of our gift scheme.

Case study: Sincil School, Lincolnshire

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The link between Sincil Sports College and Times Choice Academy in Bishoftu has been especially fruitful, and the partnership provided an opportunity for two students, Kyle and Ryan, to take part in the British Council funded ‘Connecting Classrooms’ exchange programme. This was a great opportunity for the boys to visit Times Choice Academy, which they really enjoyed! We are also pleased to say that Sincil were awarded funding for a second ‘Connecting Classrooms’ trip. Well done and thank you to both schools for maintaining a strong and successful partnership.

Sponsorship case study: Tejitu

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Tejitu, an 18 year old young woman from Bishoftu, has been sponsored by Link Ethiopia for approximately 5 years. Through our School Links, Volunteering and other project programmes, she has been able to gain confidence in her English language skills, engaged in global learning with students at her link school in the UK. She also helped to coordinate a ‘World Challenge’ trip at her own school, which helped her to further develop her global outlook and grow in confidence. We are extremely proud of her achievements and we look forward to seeing her fulfil her ambition of studying Biology at university.

Teaching Quality

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Investing in quality teachers is central to providing a quality education. During the 2013-2014 year, we were able to train grade 1 and grade 2 teachers in the phonics method. We have observed fantastic results so far, among them a 77% increase in the number of students using the library and a 65% increase in test scores for students of the trained teachers.

You can flip through the report below (click in the middle to view fullscreen). Enjoy!

Click here to see the full report and hear about the above achievements in detail, as well as the results of our work on global awareness, learning resources, and inclusion. Once again, we want to thank our link schools for your dedication, fundraising and ideas – none of the above would be possible without your contributions. We look forward to future engagements and successes!

Posted in 2013, 2014, 2015, Child sponsorship, Classrooms and furniture, Ethiopian news, Fundraising, Gender, Global Education, Inclusive education, Libraries, books and literacy, Other news, Project expeditions, Projects, School links, Science and technology, Sports, Tours, Uncategorized, Volunteering, Water and sanitation | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Do we have a Right to Education?

Written by Laurence

It might seem like a simple question with an obvious answer; yes.

But across the world it’s not necessarily that simple. Children surely have the right to education. But do adults? What kind of education are children and young people entitled to? Should we have to pay for education, and if so, does education still exist as a fundamental right? Or is it now a commodity like gold, corn, property or oil?

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Following the intro animation you can explore the situation in Ethiopia by going to the right-hand bar.

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Even if we all agree that we, or at least children, have a right to education, does that mean that all children will now have that education within their grasp? Will governments and institutions rise up and sever the chains holding back girls, rural children, poor children and others? Unfortunately, when you look around the world today, even with the Right to Education enshrined under Article 28 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, 58 million children around the world are still out of school.

The UNESCO graphic, which you can access via the image above, explores some of the reasons why children in a variety of circumstances struggle to access education:

  • Lack of access in rural areas,
  • More than half of boys aged 7-14 work,
  • Many girls work or undertake chores at home,
  • Poverty keeps three-times as many poor children out of school than their richer counterparts.

There is such a variety of challenges facing children in a country like Ethiopia that sometimes you marvel even at the luckier children who do have access to education – the boys who work part-time to help support their family; the girls who spend so much time looking after young siblings, cooking and cleaning; the children who walk miles every day just to get to school.

Link Ethiopia began with the question ‘why education?’ What is so important about education, why does it matter, and what changes does it bring to the lives of young people? Perhaps this seems like another obvious question with a clear answer. But in order for governments, institutions and people to change – to see that 58 million children out of school across the world is a disgrace – we sometimes have to bluntly show why education is so vital.

7MajorImpacts-01_SMALL The impacts of education on an individual’s – and a country’s – future can be considerable. © Link Ethiopia

The above graphic attempts to do that. Things are always more complex than graphics, charts and reports can show. And many of the benefits of education are intangible and can’t easily be mapped, recorded, or given a financial value. But here are some basic facts that highlight just how important education is – for health, wealth, happiness and much more besides. And I don’t think anyone can argue with that.

Posted in 2015, Child sponsorship, Classrooms and furniture, Fundraising, Gender, Global Education, Inclusive education, Libraries, books and literacy, Other news, Project expeditions, Projects, School links, Science and technology, Sports, Tours, Uncategorized, Volunteering, Water and sanitation |

Link Ethiopia presentation in North Gondar GO-NGO forum.

Written by Elsa

“Three NGO’s took part in this quarter’s North Gondar Government-Non Governmental Organisation Forum (GO-NGO Forum). They were World Vision, Link Ethiopia and IPAS. After everyone had presented their reports on Monday 18th August 2014, we visited three of the World vision projects in Dembia district of the Gondar region. These visits provided a valuable insight into the challenges and hardships faced in these communities, and some of the solutions being explored by World Vision.

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Also visited was one of the Link Ethiopia’s flagship projects: St George’s School in Azezo. All the visitors expressed how impressed they were with the school and other Link Ethiopia projects which they had observed.”

Posted in 2014, Classrooms and furniture, Ethiopian news, Gender, Inclusive education, Libraries, books and literacy, Other news, Projects, Science and technology, Sports, Uncategorized, Water and sanitation |

Schools Summer Projects Update

More clean water for kids at Tseda School!

We are pleased to announce the completion of a water station project with 8 new taps at Tseda School bring the total available taps to 14. These taps provide clean, fresh water for the around 1773 pupils and 47 members of staff at the school.

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More classroom space at Yekatit 23 Elementary School

Recently, a much needed staff facility has been completed and the construction of the new classroom is now well underway at Yekatit 23 Elementary School. A big thank you to both Upperwood Academy and Queniborough School for the funds they raised to make this project possible. The additional classroom will help reduce class sizes, providing greater opportunity for students to improve their academic performance and enhance their schooling experience.

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Posted in 2014, Classrooms and furniture, Fundraising, Projects, School links, Water and sanitation |

Health and hygiene training – Sponsorship clubs initiative

Written by Sultan Ahmed

We are really pleased to showcase the health and hygiene training taking place as part of our of Sponsorship Clubs initiative. The training was held for students from a number of schools at Tsadiku Yohannes Elementary School, with the aim of equipping sponsored students with the tools and knowhow to successfully lead a healthy and hygienic lifestyle.

At the end of the two day session each student received a certificate and a package including soap, toothpaste and toothbrushes to help kick start their new hygiene routine!

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The sponsorship clubs are an essential tool for our sponsorship program; they provide crucial support to children and young adults and help foster our very ‘child-focused’ approach. By providing tailored support – including extra school tuition, specific training and counselling, and a safe space to discuss issues with one another – we will aid students while they engage with and succeed in education.

This dynamic and flexible support is embedded and sustainable by encouraging student’s to take a lead in discussions, share their knowledge and learning with their peers and help them to grow and develop into productive and invested members of society.

Posted in 2014, Child sponsorship, Water and sanitation |

Link Ethiopia project update: Successful completion of the Kera Hora toilet blocks

We are pleased to announce that we have completed the toilet block for Kera Hora School. The project was a great success- the fantastic thing about this project is that we made the toilet block accessible to the disabled students in the school.

A big thank you to Mandala Trust and Hankham School for enabling us to help Kera Hora School and make the school experience more pleasant & comfortable for the students.

We have even more good news, the remaining funds from the project are going towards providing another school with toilet facilities.

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Posted in 2014, Projects, School links, Water and sanitation |