Building libraries and putting books in the hands of children!
Here is what we do for children in Ethiopia:
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About our organization
Ethiopia Reads collaborates with communities to build schools, plant libraries, train educators, boost literacy, and provide youth and families with the tools to improve their lives. Discover our great team here!
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Building schools and libraries, putting books in the hands of children!
Since 1998, Ethiopia Reads has built five schools, planted 72 libraries, and now annually serves over 130,000 children. Our efforts go beyond just building schools and libraries.
In rural areas, our horse-powered literacy program reaches children with no access to schools. We support professional development year-round with workshops, discussion circles, mentoring, and program evaluation. And Team Tesfa works with children and young adults seeking to escape poverty through athletics as well as academics.
About education in Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, there is currently broad-based cooperation across multiple sectors. Ethiopia Reads was one of the original pioneers drawing attention to the issue of literacy, working with the Ethiopian Ministry of Education, National Archives and Library of Ethiopia, embassies and cultural attaches in Addis Ababa, as well as international NGOs like Save the Children. This cross-sector coalition has promoted literacy through book fairs, public readings and other symposia. Ethiopia Reads continues to work with these partners and our staff members remain very publicly engaged, regularly participating in all of these events.
A big population
With 97 million inhabitants, Ethiopia is Africa’s second largest country.
The weight of youth
There are 43 million children ages 0-14 (44% of population).
Only 5.5% of children attend kindergarten and pre-K.
Low school enrolment
Primary school attendance (ages 7-12) is just 68%.
National literacy rate
Adult literacy in Ethiopia is 49%.
Male national literacy rate
The male literacy rate in Ethiopia is 57%.
Female national literacy rate
The female literacy rate in Ethiopia is 41%.
Post-secondary education in Ethiopia
7.5% of adults have any post-secondary education.