Projects Abroad donates 250 books to two public schools in Ethiopia
“The public schools in Ethiopia lack necessary items to make the teaching and learning process more efficient. The evidence lies in the poor capacity of the schools’ libraries; this is why we were drawn to fill in the gap,” explained Minassie Alemayehu, Country Director of Projects Abroad Ethiopia.
Yelebe Fana and Berhane Zare have a combined total of 5120 students ranging from ages 7-15. Both schools are funded by the Ethiopian government and offer free education to students who come from low-income families around Addis Ababa. The state covers teacher salaries and basic supplies, but funding for libraries and supplemental teaching materials is limited. Projects Abroad volunteers have previously donated children’s books, games, toys, and other teaching aids to these two schools.
One of the teachers from Yelebe Fana said that “This is something we have failed to meet for the past years due to budget shortages, so it has been a welcome surprise for our school”.
The donation was part of a monthly community outreach, which began in 2014 and involves Projects Abroad staff and volunteers in Ethiopia regularly visiting the schools to see where they can assist.