Education for all
There are approximately 150,000 children living on the streets of Ethiopia – and 60,000 of those in Addis Ababa. More than half of these kids do not have access to shelter or adequate food. They mostly survive on what they receive from shining shoes, selling small items to passersby and begging.
ETHIOPIAID’S AIM: Education for all.
Since 2002, Ethiopiaid has worked with Hope Enterprises to feed and school thousands of street children who are rounded up from doorways, bus stations and derelict hovels. Hope has established the following schemes that provide the most disadvantaged children in Ethiopia with quality education and training:
Ladders of Hope
The Ladders of Hope (LoH) programme helps children and youths in Addis Ababa work themselves out of poverty. Each step up on the ladder is outlined in more detail below:
1) Street Children’s Breakfast: Hope provides 850 street children with a breakfast six days a week. The breakfast (two pieces of bread, milk and a banana) provides an incentive for attending informal classes in basic literacy and numeracy which are held afterwards. By removing the constant pressure of finding money for food, the children are given time to learn and gain the skills necessary for a better start in life.
2) Primary and secondary schools: Hope runs six schools throughout Ethiopia, providing free quality education to 697 students. This also includes the provision of school uniforms, materials, counseling and food. Tutorial classes are provided for students in grade 8 and 10 to prepare them for the national exam in June. Students who pass the national examination are encouraged to apply to Universities and those that do not pass the exam are welcomed into Hope's Vocational College.
3) Vocational training: Hope offers a variety of formal and non formal training such as General Metal Fabrication and Assembly (GMFA), Furniture Making, Industrial Electric Machines and Drives Technology (IEMDT) and Food preparation.
4) Self-sufficiency: As a final step on the LoH, Hope offers career counselling and practice interviews to assist students into employment.The objective of the vocational training is to help the students be self-supportive members of the society through employment.
The evening classes provide working parents with the opportunity to learn. In addition to reading and writing, the programme includes information surrounding family planning, hygiene sanitation and HIV/AIDS awareness.
Hope University College
University education in Ethiopia has been a luxury that only the wealthy could afford. The inadequate university infrastructure has meant that many students (with the means to pay) have been forced to go abroad to complete their qualifications. They often do not return to Ethiopia, so valuable skills and expertise are lost. HOPE University College opened in October 2011, as the first public benefit institution of higher learning in Ethiopia. It is currently supporting 551 students through higher education - an opportunity that these young people would otherwise never have had. Of these, 275 are female. They have ambitions to increase the ratio to 60% girls to ensure that they are meeting the increasing demand for academic opportunities for young women in Ethiopia.
In partnership with Hope Enterprises, we have achieved the following:
- Out of the 850 children that attend the street children's breakfast – 450 go to primary or secondary school.
- Hope is able to place most of its vocational training graduates in jobs. They secured an employment rate of 100% in 2012 and 90% so far for its 2013 graduates.
- The vocational training college piloted a service staff course tailored for street girls. 8 girls graduated and have integrated well into the working environment. Next year they hope to train 30 street girls.
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