Providing education for out-of-school children in Ethiopia

The project focuses on 1000 children who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out of school

Ethiopia is one of the world’s poorest countries with around half its population living below the poverty line (less than $1.25 a day). Only one in three adults can read and write. 15% of the boys and 20% of girls at primary school age never enrol in school, and among those that do enrol more than 15% drop out, leaving more than one-third of all children in Ethiopia without even basic literacy and numeracy skills.

The project focuses on 1000 children of primary school age (6-12) who have dropped out of school or are at risk of dropping out of school because of different reasons, mainly socio-economic problems. The aim of the project is to enrol all the 1000 children in school and to retain them in the school system enabling them to finish their primary education.

The project will train the teachers in the primary schools that the out-of-school children will attend. This training will also benefit the children already attending the schools. The parents of the out-of-school children will receive training in how to support their child’s education as well as child care, nutrition and family planning.