ADAME YIRGACHEFE SCHOOL

Adame Yirgachefe 1st and 2nd Cycle School, Yirgachefe, Ethiopia

This was an existing school building in very poor condition with cramped classrooms with 80 children per room, mud floors, leaking rooves, no access to sanitation and no furniture. The Costa Foundation demolished the old buildings in April 2011 and built high quality concrete learning blocks, a library, new sanitation and provided new furniture and books. The school opened in October 2011 and is now educating 675 children in decent and healthy surroundings. The school now has 8 full time and 5 part time teachers.

Fresh water was provided to the school via water harvesting tanks and since the Costa Foundation’s investment here, the school now has electricity for the first time.

In early 2011, prior to the new build, Adame Yirgachefe School’s performance in the regional school league table was poor with them coming 54th out of 57 schools. In 2012 and after the new school construction, the school came 2nd out of 57 schools.

This is a fantastic achievement made possible by the enrolment of new, highly motivated and well trained teachers and by a new attitude from the children and the whole community.

The school now holds extra-curricular lessons on the topics of HIV/AIDS awareness, gender equality and the environment as well as having an active sports club. The lessons are run by teachers on a voluntary basis and attended by adults as well as the children.

Yirgachefe is one of 77 districts in the Southern nations Nationalities and Peoples Region of Ethiopia and has a population of circa 198,000 people. 89% of the people here live in rural areas of which 72% depend on agriculture for income, primarily growing coffee, maize, cassava and beans.

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