Oromiya Here We Come
A Story from Oromiya
During 2011, we worked with the Federal Ministry of Education to identify the next region imagine1day might consider working with. Oromiya is one of the largest regions in the country that has significant access and quality gaps in their education. Based on the Federal Ministry of Education’s recommendations and our initial assessments, we feel we will have the greatest impact working with a district in Oromiya.
The Regional Ministry of Education in Oromiya has expressed an appreciation for imagine1day’s program model and a strong desire to partner with us. The district they have recommended that we start working with is called Sinana. The district of Sinana is approximately 430km from Addis Ababa (Ethiopia’s capital city). The first year (2012) will address our educational pillars as we begin to build relationships at a regional and district level to support this expansion of our operations into Oromiya.
Sinana has 37 schools including three High Schools (Grades 9‐10 only). In total they have 22,732 primary school students. At the moment, 15 schools have substandard, almost dass (open-air) school blocks that are falling apart. Some schools are accommodating over 100 students per class, with 27 schools that are lacking latrines, and 17 schools that are lacking water. Most students currently work without desks and their teachers have had limited professional development. There is a shortage of books and teaching aids and, despite having fertile land and conditions conducive to animal fattening, schools are not currently practicing income generation activities.
Opportunity abounds in Oromiya and we are excited to begin our work here.
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- Ensure that the communities that imagine1day works with have the financial and human capacity to support themselves when our work together ends.
- Build and furnish two four-classroom school blocks (eight new classrooms).
- Launch pilot high school, early education, and adult education programs.
- Bring leadership development and goal setting training to government and community school partners.
- Provide Active Learning, Life Skills, Science and Exam and Measurement teacher training.
- Train a local Parent Teacher Association to lead the school into the future.
- Support income generation activities to sustain each school.