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1 Ethiopia and ISSE A joint venture

2 Question How can we meet the challenges posed by cultural diversity and work for a better world? How can we meet the challenges posed by cultural diversity and work for a better world?

3 Aim of this meeting Share schools examples of good practice Share schools examples of good practice Draw together the ideas and creativity of educators from a diverse range of countries and cultures from our region Draw together the ideas and creativity of educators from a diverse range of countries and cultures from our region

4 Why this country?

5 How can we address the needs of others Create awareness Create awareness Investigate needs Investigate needs Communicate Communicate Act Act

6 Create awareness

7 Ethiopia background information

8 Independence Oldest independent country in Africa and one of the oldest in the world Oldest independent country in Africa and one of the oldest in the world at least 3000 years at least 3000 years

9 Government type Federal Republic Federal Republic President GIRMA Woldegiorgis (since 8 October 2001) President GIRMA Woldegiorgis (since 8 October 2001) Prime Minister MELES Zenawi (since August 1995) Prime Minister MELES Zenawi (since August 1995) Cabinet: Council of Ministers as provided for in the December 1994 constitution; ministers are selected by the prime minister and approved by the House of People's Representatives Cabinet: Council of Ministers as provided for in the December 1994 constitution; ministers are selected by the prime minister and approved by the House of People's Representatives

10 Elections Last held 2010 Last held 2010 Emerging democracy Emerging democracy

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12 Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR)

13 Landscape Untouched Untouched Gorgeous Gorgeous

14 Undisturbed for centuries Much of Ethiopia has stood still throughout the course of time, unaffected by foreign influence and power Much of Ethiopia has stood still throughout the course of time, unaffected by foreign influence and power

15 Language Eighty-two languages are spoken in Ethiopia. Eighty-two languages are spoken in Ethiopia. In the South, a dozen of languages are employed in the education area In the South, a dozen of languages are employed in the education area including Amharic, 12 languages are used as medium of instruction at primary schools from grades 1-4 including Amharic, 12 languages are used as medium of instruction at primary schools from grades 1-4 Ethiopians communicate well with each other (through Amharic) if they have followed education above elementary level Ethiopians communicate well with each other (through Amharic) if they have followed education above elementary level

16 One of the ten poorest countries in the world Ethiopian per capita income US$115 Ethiopian per capita income US$115 Quality of education is very poor which produces an unskilled labor force Quality of education is very poor which produces an unskilled labor force Ethiopia has one of the highest unemployment rates world wide with around 50% of urban men aged 15 and 30 are unemployed due to lack of industries and lack of investment Ethiopia has one of the highest unemployment rates world wide with around 50% of urban men aged 15 and 30 are unemployed due to lack of industries and lack of investment high taxes on imported products high taxes on imported products Many will work for less than 20 cents a day (1 US dollar = 8 Ethiopian birrs) Many will work for less than 20 cents a day (1 US dollar = 8 Ethiopian birrs)

17 Health problems Children with chronic lung problems because of inhalation of the unhealthy fumes in their huts Children with chronic lung problems because of inhalation of the unhealthy fumes in their huts AIDS epidemic proportions (25% of all Ethiopians are HIV positive) AIDS epidemic proportions (25% of all Ethiopians are HIV positive)

18 Life expectancy Dropped to 49 years Dropped to 49 years

19 Treatment of women and children Women get less education than men Women get less education than men Poverty deprives children in their early years of life to adequate food, clean water, and medicine. Poverty deprives children in their early years of life to adequate food, clean water, and medicine. Mature quickly and take on adult responsibilities Mature quickly and take on adult responsibilities

20 Positives Peace Peace Stability Stability

21 Investigate needs

22 ISOB Non Profit Organisation Non Profit Organisation Foundation by Foundation by A. Sontrop en Z. Ayde A. Sontrop en Z. Ayde Stichting ISOB (Internationale Steun aan Onderwijs, Bibliotheek) in Zuid Ethiopië Mauritsstraat 24, 1091 DA Amsterdam Stichting ISOB (Internationale Steun aan Onderwijs, Bibliotheek) in Zuid Ethiopië Mauritsstraat 24, 1091 DA Amsterdam

23 ISOB Mission Fight poverty through education and training Fight poverty through education and training

24 Goal Promotion of independent and health resourcefulness Promotion of independent economic self- sufficiency and health resourcefulness

25 Collaboration Local NGO WODA Local NGO WODA Wolaitta Development Association Wolaitta Development Association paying members paying members

26 WODA Vision "The creation of people, environment and institutions that no longer tolerate poverty, ignorance, oppression and injustice." "The creation of people, environment and institutions that no longer tolerate poverty, ignorance, oppression and injustice."

27 One of the things established by ISOB Wolaitta Public Library 2003 – 2006 Wolaitta Public Library 2003 – 2006 WODA built the public library in Soddo, with ISOB support. The library is handed over to the town and daily used by 250 students WODA built the public library in Soddo, with ISOB support. The library is handed over to the town and daily used by 250 students

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29 Communicate

30 Project focus Human development and empowerment Human development and empowerment Developing the people through resources such as Developing the people through resources such as Education Education Empower women Empower women vraag en antwoord over school.doc vraag en antwoord over school.doc

31 What are we going to do? Wolaita Liqa Public School Wolaita Liqa Public School

32 The Future Generation School Wolaitta Liqa Public School Wolaitta Liqa Public School situated beside Wolaitta Soddo University situated beside Wolaitta Soddo University first established in 2008 first established in 2008 grades ranging from 5-7 grades ranging from students 188 students 11 staff members 11 staff members 7 administration workers 7 administration workers intended to increase one grade level in each year intended to increase one grade level in each year upgrade it up to preparatory classes upgrade it up to preparatory classes increment of students number from 197 to 360 in 2009 academic year increment of students number from 197 to 360 in 2009 academic year

33 The students Intentionally the school works to reach the OVC & destitute students talented and who are academically competent Intentionally the school works to reach the OVC & destitute students talented and who are academically competent

34 Wolaittas hopes These children to be future generation of Wolaitta These children to be future generation of Wolaitta

35 Surprisingly? The school outshines in every academic contest and National Exams. For these reasons the school was given prizes two times last year The school outshines in every academic contest and National Exams. For these reasons the school was given prizes two times last year

36 Shortages of the school The school lacks The school lacks students dormitory students dormitory cafeteria cafeteria assembly hall for the whole school community assembly hall for the whole school community generator when the electric system fails generator when the electric system fails shallow well water shallow well water

37 ICT Center Students are taking part in activities in the computer center. But as the school is the one that outshines, some accessories like satellite receiver, plasma, etc. are missing and there is impossibility of obtaining the aforementioned equipment from the S/N/N/P/R/S Education bureau Students are taking part in activities in the computer center. But as the school is the one that outshines, some accessories like satellite receiver, plasma, etc. are missing and there is impossibility of obtaining the aforementioned equipment from the S/N/N/P/R/S Education bureau

38 Transportation The school uses rental vehicles (schoolbus) for transporting the students from the town to school The school uses rental vehicles (schoolbus) for transporting the students from the town to school

39 Library The library is equipped with texts, but not sufficient & update The library is equipped with texts, but not sufficient & update

40 WODA involvement Build a dormitory Build a dormitory Dining room Dining room One block with four class rooms in addition to the existing teaching rooms One block with four class rooms in addition to the existing teaching rooms

41 Act

42 Start of real exchange

43 Wolaitta Liqa School

44 Meeting the students

45 Helping the Poor

46 Extra Classrooms needed

47 Shelter and housing problem

48 Action

49 Mithra as leader of the Ethiopia project, I would like to say on behalf of the group that we feel extremely honored to be able to do such a thing for such students since education should not be treated as a privilege, but rather as a basic human right, and a tool that is the first step towards solving problems such as poverty, hunger and lack of shelter. as leader of the Ethiopia project, I would like to say on behalf of the group that we feel extremely honored to be able to do such a thing for such students since education should not be treated as a privilege, but rather as a basic human right, and a tool that is the first step towards solving problems such as poverty, hunger and lack of shelter.

50 Adopt a student

51 Prosperity of Ethiopia Prosperity of Ethiopia Use of national resources, for instance water Use of national resources, for instance water All aim for

52 They lack time because they need to go looking for food, water and shelter for the night and this takes a lot of time away from studying. They lack time because they need to go looking for food, water and shelter for the night and this takes a lot of time away from studying. Main Problem

53 One euro = 16 Bir One euro = 16 Bir One student needs a minimum of 200 Bir a month for One student needs a minimum of 200 Bir a month for Clothing Clothing Food Food Shelter Shelter Education Education Educational materials (books, pen etc) Educational materials (books, pen etc) Costs of support

54 50 = 833 Bir 50 = 833 Bir 833÷200 = How many students can live of this amount for a month

55 You can help

56 Them

57 Imagine…education as life-long learning for all, to allow us not only to dream of a better world through intercultural understanding and respect, but to develop the capabilities to make this dream come true Imagine…education as life-long learning for all, to allow us not only to dream of a better world through intercultural understanding and respect, but to develop the capabilities to make this dream come true

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59 Questions How effective is it for student learning to take place to visit a school in Africa How effective is it for student learning to take place to visit a school in Africa In what way or to what extend do the African students benefit from our students visiting them In what way or to what extend do the African students benefit from our students visiting them Can we work on this together in this Can we work on this together in this

60 Henriette Groot Antink CAS coordinator ISE / CAS Workshopleader IBO


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