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.
Bidil Abdulahi has experienced joy and heartbreak in his attempt to send his children to school. Now he’s on a mission to ensure all the children in his village get a chance to learn.
2016 has been a huge year for imagine1day, the communities we work with, and the children we impact.
In Ethiopia, we will spend more on our program activities in 2016 than in any previous year.
“You have given our community a special gift. We are now one family sharing the same bond. You will always have a special place in our community and hearts.”
That is the heartfelt words from Genene Abera, the local district administrator in Chicho, where we recently unveiled the brand new Giving Tree School.
The Ganzilla community and children recently celebrated the opening of a new, clean water source. Built by imagine1day, funded by Australian water specialists, and made possible thanks to the kind and generous spirit of our driver: Amaha.
Two years ago, in honor of the late Sharyn Mandel – a lifelong, passionate educator – we opened the doors to the Gobele Sharyn Mandel School in Southern Ethiopia, funded with love by Sharyn’s estate, and donations from family and friends.
Meet Semere Iqubay, the self-described “lucky” kid on track to be the first child in his entire family history to complete primary school.
Semere, 16, is already more educated than anyone in his family.
From donkeys outside the classroom to students with cellphones, teacher across the world deal with classroom distraction every day. This World Teachers Day, we took at look at what Ethiopian educators face.