Dumey School has seen a roll explosion over the past three years: with 466 previously out-of-school children signing up to learn.
Excitingly – in an area of Ethiopia with unequal gender roles – almost half of the new students are girls.
At imagine1day we believe in the power of people to be leaders, who can create new futures never before possible.
That belief has been the cornerstone of our success and, over the next three days, we begin putting it into action on our largest scale yet.
Hiwot’s daily routine is something few people ever experience, let alone 12-year-olds like herself.
At 6am, the sun rises and she starts the long two-hour walk to school. For four hours, she sits on a rock in her open-air classroom.
Twice a week, under the shade of a tree, Fakia and Jemila meet with their female classmates to discuss everything from menstruation to marriage.
This is the Caro School Girls Club, led by these two vocal young leaders.
Aberash Deriba was just 12 years old when she stood up in court and begged them to stop the marriage her mother was forcing her into.
Thankfully, the court ruled in her favour.
In June last year, the halls of the Vancouver Art Gallery echoed with cheers as 40 cyclists took part in RIDE vs ONE. Their mission was simple: one ride, one hour, one school.
Ten years ago, Mekenisa School was born. Just 20 students attended, taught by one teacher under the shade of a tree.
Abdulnasir was one of those children, a young eight-year-old boy attempting to get an education.
By Alastair Stewart, imagine1day staff
The convoy of cars, packed with imagine1day supporters, takes a turn off the paved highway and begins its 38 kilometre climb up through windy mountainous roads towards the community of Dum.
Five years ago a visibly-upset father Ahmedteyib Mohammed stormed into the teacher’s office at Yadot Primary School, furious that after four years at school, his son was still illiterate.
“The quality of education in the school used to be so bad.
Meet Taeme Hiluf, a student at Gereb Abdela Primary School. He estimates he is 16 years old, though without a birth certificate, he doesn’t know for sure.
He is in first year at school.