Built in 2010, Ekodaga School focuses on early childhood education, a great need in this small farming village in the Oromia Region. Until 2010, children in Ekodaga had to walk half an hour each way to the nearest school – a distance too far for the youngest and for those who also have to help their families by herding livestock and fetching water. The school in Ekodaga was our first to operate according to a 'nonformal' format, adapted to the needs of farmers' families without disrupting the children's education.
Currently there are about 200 children attending the Ekodaga School. Their classrooms feature innovative and unique lighting solutions, bright colors and are well supplied thanks to the generous support of our donors.
All teachers in the school are hired locally. Teachers participate in regular Ethiopia Reads in-house training, including those delivered by experts in literacy and libraries from the U.S. They are all studying in an independent four-year teaching diploma program, arranged for by Ethiopia Reads.
The Parents Committee is working closely with the school. They asked for help with water supply. School staff was fetching water for the school manually from nearly a mile away. Ethiopia Reads was able to facilitate the installation of water tap at the school, linked to a line from nearby villages. The Parents Committee’s is now helping with land negotiations and raising funds for a compound fence.
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