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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? There are over 750 participants in this conference from as many as 83 different countries to explore issues related to education for intercultural understanding and respect, education for life-long learning and education for all

3 Aim of this meeting 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

4 Why this country? Because it is under construction, No oil, no precious minerals are driving Ethiopia's economic growth forwards by two digits each year. Hard work, economic reform and investments in its people and infrastructure are showing results to lift one of the world's poorest nations up to new heights.

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

6 Create awareness

7 Ethiopia background information

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

9 Government type Federal Republic
President GIRMA Woldegiorgis (since 8 October 2001) 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 Parliament consists of the House of Federation (or upper chamber responsible for interpreting the constitution and federal-regional issues) (108 seats; members are chosen by state assemblies to serve five-year terms) and the House of People's Representatives (or lower chamber responsible for passing legislation) (547 seats; members are directly elected by popular vote from single-member districts to serve five-year terms)

10 Elections Last held 2010 Emerging democracy
The EPRDF won 499 of the 547 available parliamentary seats, opposition or independent candidates won two seats, EPRDF-allied parties won the remaining seats.[ Additionally, the EPRDF won all but one of 1,904 council seats in regional elections


12 Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Region (SNNPR)

13 Landscape Untouched Gorgeous

14 Undisturbed for centuries
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.
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 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 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 high taxes on imported products 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 AIDS epidemic proportions (25% of all Ethiopians are HIV positive)

18 Life expectancy Dropped to 49 years

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

20 Positives Peace Stability

21 Investigate needs

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

23 ISOB Mission Fight poverty through education and training

24 Goal Promotion of independent economic self-sufficiency and health resourcefulness jeugd in Ethiopië is het volgen van goed onderwijs geen vanzelfsprekendheid. Schoolklassen zitten overvol en kampen met een groot gebrek aan leermiddelen en boeken. Daarom helpen wij scholen, bibliotheken en de gezondheidszorg met het verkrijgen van boeken, lesmaterialen en medische artikelen.

25 Collaboration Local NGO WODA Wolaitta Development Association
paying members

26 WODA Vision "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 WODA built the public library in Soddo, with ISOB support. The library is handed over to the town and daily used by 250 students


29 Communicate

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

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

32 The Future Generation School
Wolaitta Liqa Public School situated beside Wolaitta Soddo University first established in 2008 grades ranging from 5-7 188 students 11 staff members 7 administration workers intended to increase one grade level in each year upgrade it up to preparatory classes 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 OVC Orphan vulnarable children school has 230 children who are orphans Have got an approval of the respective district office of their own

34 Wolaitta’s hopes 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

36 Shortages of the school
The school lacks student’s dormitory cafeteria assembly hall for the whole school community generator when the electric system fails 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

38 Transportation 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

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

41 Act

42 Start of real exchange

43 Wolaitta Liqa School Samson Ramato

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.’

50 Adopt a student What do you think

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

52 Main Problem 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.

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

54 How many students can live of this amount for a month
€ 50 = 833 Bir 833÷200 = 4.165 

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


59 Questions 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 Can we work on this together in this

60 Henriette Groot Antink
CAS coordinator ISE / CAS Workshopleader IBO

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