The Kembata-Tembaro zone is located in one of the most densely populated and impoverished areas of Ethiopia, the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Republic (SNNPR) region. Many people have little or no access to education – and those that do must often walk very far through difficult and dangerous terrain. The proportion of children under the age 15 is about 45.8% of the total population. Education and literacy is an immense need.
To help address this need, Ethiopia Reads built a primary school in the village of Kololo which opened to students in autumn of 2012. Ethiopia Reads is now setting out to build a community library and five new learning centers for children in the Kembata-Tembaro region of Ethiopia over the next few years.
Ongoing community assessments and conversations with local families are pointing to a huge need for kindergarten and library resources in order to turn learning into a life-changing experience for rural Ethiopian children. News spaces, professional development for educators, books and other literacy materials (in both English and local languages) will support young learners in a country where most children learn to read by rote and pointing to letters on a chart, but have no books to read. We can change that reality.
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