Putting Education Within Reach for Ethiopian Children
Many Ethiopian children, including 15-year-old
Frehiwot, grow up with the dream of receiving an education and one day
attending a university. Frehiwot, who receives school supplies through
ChildFund, says she hopes to follow in the footsteps of Kitaw Ejigu, an
Ethiopian-American astronomer who worked for NASA.
"He worked hard in
school, went abroad through a state scholarship to pursue higher education,
completed his degree and became a great person in the world," Frehiwot says. "I
will study hard, and when I get scholarship to enter university, I will study
and become famous, too."
Unfortunately for many
children in Ethiopia, an education is out of reach. But with your help, they can
attend school and achieve their goals.
A Lack of Opportunities
Today, many Ethiopian
children do not have access to the educational opportunities they need to
succeed. Ethiopia is one of the poorest countries in the world, and countless
school-age children succumb to diseases associated with a low standard of
living, while others are forced to stay home to help their families survive.
This begins as young as
kindergarten, as only 5
percent of Ethiopian children enrolled in pre-primary school in 2011,
according to UNESCO. At the primary school level, about 85
percent of boys and 80 percent of girls are enrolled in school, but only 64
to 65 percent of these children actually attend, UNICEF states.
The lack of educational
opportunities lead to problems later in life; only 39 percent of adults and 55
percent of youths are literate, UNESCO reports.
Providing Access to Education
One of ChildFund's
primary goals is to give more children like Frehiwot the educational
opportunities they need to live out their dreams. Since we began working in
Ethiopia, more than 39,000 children have had
the opportunity to learn in the 23 early childhood development centers, 31
preschools and kindergartens, 37 primary schools, two high schools, 26 libraries
and 61 additional classrooms ChildFund has helped build. In fact, each year
ChildFund Ethiopia gives more than 14,000 local children access to early
childhood care and support, working with their parents and caregivers to show
them the best ways to teach their children and foster healthy mental, physical
and social development.
In 2012, ChildFund
upgraded infrastructure and renovated 18 schools, as well as providing
educational materials for more than 21,000 students and teachers.
To help us continue to
give children like Frehiwot the chance to learn, please consider sponsoring
a child in Ethiopia. For $28 per month, you can help ChildFund ensure that a
child in Africa has access to the education, food, water and health care he or
she needs to grow up happily and healthily.