Our projects in Ethiopia take a holistic approach to increasing access to, and improving the quality of, education. They come under the terms of a 5-year agreement that we have with the Amhara National Regional State (ANRS), titled Improving Quality of Education Through a Holistic Approach, 2015-2019. In each community that we work, we assess all of the factors inhibiting quality education in the local school, and address them in concert.
Areas of concern typically include not only inadequate school facilities, teachers, and educational materials, but also poor attendance and inability to learn due to health issues, children working because of family poverty, and lack of support because of adult illiteracy in the home.
All of our projects include construction of classroom blocks, latrines, a library, administrative and science laboratory blocks, as well as provision of furniture and library books. As part of the holistic approach, part of our project costs also go towards: teacher training workshops for all teachers and administrators; sanitation and hygiene workshops for students and teachers; provision of access to clean water; playing fields, with basic sports equipment; and a greening program.
FGCF does not just build schools and run. Rather, as much as possible we establish long-term relationships with the schools and communities until the envisaged changes happen and local capacities are strengthened such that the benefits of the project can continue long after the end of the project.
A description of each project, its location, and details of its progress can be found below.