Better late than never

2022-12-08T16:38:04+00:00May 5th, 2016|About imagine1day, Life in Ethiopia|

Sitina Mohammed is a 15-year-old girl who goes to Dumey School in Ethiopia's Meda Welabu district, where imagine1day has just inaugurated a new school.Sitina comes from a big family and is the the oldest, with three brothers and two sisters.Not many people in Sitina’s community believed that a girl should be sent to school. “I was looking after my

Communities taking the lead on construction

2022-12-06T16:42:31+00:00February 29th, 2016|About imagine1day, Life in Ethiopia|

There’s a construction boom happening in rural Ethiopia.Empowered through leadership development and inspired by the education transformation we support, communities are taking school construction into their own hands.They’ve built 437 classrooms and refurbished another 117 in just three months – and funded all the construction themselves.It’s part of a community-driven education project we’re running to

A cultural shift against corporal punishment

2022-12-08T16:43:40+00:00February 16th, 2016|About imagine1day, Life in Ethiopia|

For many of us, receiving the ‘strap’ at school is a distant recollection, or something we’ve never before experienced.In Ethiopia though, corporal punishment in rural schools is often the norm.It is a norm we are changing. Our vision for quality education means we want to shift the education standards in Ethiopia from one where students

Standing with our communities in trying times

2015-12-22T16:22:36+00:00December 22nd, 2015|About imagine1day, Life in Ethiopia|

Ethiopia is currently in the midst of a major challenge: a  drought affecting 10 million people and requiring US$1.4 billion in humanitarian aid. It is drought initiated by the failed spring rains and compounded by the arrival of the El Niño weather conditions that weakened summer rains. At the same time, the country is also experiencing

Meet Makida: A Mother on a Mission

2015-12-01T11:43:42+00:00December 1st, 2015|About imagine1day, Life in Ethiopia|

Our goal is to give all Ethiopian children access to quality education, but that doesn’t mean we solely impact kids. Meet Makida, a mother so inspired by her community’s new school, she returned to study herself. The story of Makida Adam, a mother in the Meda Welabu region, begins like too many others in Ethiopia: She was

It’s time to end early marriage in Ethiopia

2022-11-30T00:58:55+00:00November 17th, 2015|About imagine1day, Girl Fund, Life in Ethiopia|

The story is all too real: a young Ethiopian girl, having had the fortune of receiving a primary school education, is set to be married at the age of 15. There is little question about her possibilities of further education, of developing skills and a career. Instead an outdated cultural tradition will see her role

Attitude shift needed to get more girls into school

2015-11-05T11:00:43+00:00November 5th, 2015|About imagine1day, Girl Fund, Life in Ethiopia|

Changing attitudes is a key step to ensuring every girl across the world gets an education. That was the message from Michelle Obama, the First Lady of the United States, who I had the pleasure to hear speak at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Qatar this week. “We know what’s possible when we

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