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Girls in many schools of Ethiopia, particularly rural ones, typically do not perform as well as boys. Domestic work means girls cannot always attend school regularly, or do necessary study at home. CHADET’s Girls Education Challenge project not only supports the most vulnerable girls to stay in school, but also supports them to do well while there. This is achieved by supporting teachers to provide intensive academic tutorials as well as broader care and support for targeted girls. The results can be impressive.

One rural school teacher named Mastewal has been supported by CHADET to ensure her girls stay in school (despite the burden of domestic labour or the risk of early mar

riage) and are able to do well there.

 

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CHADET is glad to announce a new found partnership with Fana - Association for Individuals with Learning and Communication Difficulties (FAILCD-Ethiopia). Fana is a nonprofit organization that provides help and support to children with learning and communication difficulties and seeks to raise awareness of these issues within the community and the parents.


Without the correct assessment and support, learning and communication difficulties can hold children back from achieving their potential, which can lead to social and economical exclusion. For many children who struggle to learn and express their thoughts using speech/language, their behaviour and confidence can be badly affected. Fana aims to assist the children to achieve their potential despite their problems.

 

In collaboration with Save the Children, CHADET launched the project ‘Social, Practical and Economic Empowerment and Development of Youth’ (SPEEDY) in 2014. The project aims to reduce unemployment in rural areas in Ethiopia by providing skills and vocational training. Before the start of the project, CHADET identified the most important skills that would assist the youth in thriving for a better future, by contributing to their social, practical and economical wellbeing.

Most of the skills are related to the fields of agriculture and include animal husbandry and diary production, animal fattening, bee keeping, bakery, edible oil production, vegetable and fruit production and foot wear design. Furthermore, trainings in electronics maintenance were provided. The latter is the training in which Almaz participated.

I’m meeting Almaz in her village, surrounded by maize field and high teff plants. Local people pass by in traditional white blankets (gabis) on their way to church or fields, and cows graze under the supervision of their family’s herders. Traditional houses smell of burning frankincense when you pass, hinting at coffee ceremonies inside. Almaz greets me with a shy, but strong smile.

 

Her parents divorced when she was still a child. Soon after the separation, Almaz’ father remarried and started a new family. Almaz chose to live with her mom: “I preferred to live with my mom because I was her only child and she had no one to live with her. From this time afterwards, my mom and I suffered financially. Even eating once a day was becoming a struggle for us as my father took everything and left us empty handed.”

“I felt hopeless and tensioned thinking about how we are going to survive"

Through the Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC), UKAID is supporting a million of the world’s poorest girls to improve their lives through education. CHADET, partnered with ChildHope UK, is implementing this Challenge in the two biggest regions of Ethiopia: Amhara and Oromia. Since 2013 they have been identifying and supporting the most marginalised girls to access quality education at primary and secondary level, and to overcome common risk factors of early marriage, economic migration, street life and domestic labour.

A survey done by ChildHope UK (2012;2014) showed that about 60 per cent of the married girls in Ethiopia is unhappy in their marriage and from the unhappy married girls, 50 per cent gave ‘missed education opportunities’ as the main reason for their unhappiness. Furthermore, 29 per cent of the respondents gave domestic chores as a major reason for missing school. 96 per cent of the girls spent up to eight hours a day on the chores.

 

In rural Ethiopia CHADET identifies girls who are at risk of dropping out of school for these reasons and supports them as well as their vulnerable parents, who are very often single mothers. By providing the costs of the girl’s education, increase the understanding of the value of girls’ education in the community, and supporting a mother’s ability to earn money, it becomes much more likely that the girl can not only stay in school but succeed there.

 

 

Education is really changing girls around here. I have an older daughter who didn’t go to school, and Banchi, my youngest daughter that did go to school, thinks for herself more than she does. Our relatives will say to
Banchi,
‘When are you going to get married?’ and she’ll say to them, ‘It’s none of your business’.
She just wants to finish her education.”- Alemwork, beneficiary mother of CHADET

 

 

 

Apart from financially supporting the girls’ access to education, CHADET supports and organizes other activities to enable long-term, lasting change in the community and beyond. For instance, teachers are supported to provide intensive academic tutorials as well as broader care and support for targeted girls, Girls Clubs are organized where girls can discuss their problems with each other and receive Life Skills classes and saving groups and business loans are being organized for the mothers of the girls.

 

As one core part of Girls’ Education Challenge (GEC) project activity, marginalized girls will be supported to increase their competency in numeracy and literacy. The basic aim of the training is to capacitate school tutors and mentors with effective teaching methods.The Learning Skill training conducted was for mentor teachers, educational experts and CHADET staffs from Dec 23 to28 2013 in sululta, Yaya village.

About CHADET

CHADET is an indigenous non-governmental organization that works to improve the lives of marginalized children in Ethiopia

by providing access to quality education and improving livelihood opportunities.