BEDESA HIGH SCHOOL
Bedesa High School, Kercha, Ethiopia
The Costa Foundation’s sixth school in Ethiopia, Bedesa High school is situated in Guji Zone within the Oromia Region 492 kms (305 miles) south west of Addis Ababa. The District is divided into 34 rural Peasant Administrations and 4 small rural towns without any social services. Currently, the District has a population of about 229,755, of whom women constitute 51%. The total number of households is 30,794.
The Costa Foundation has provided eight fully furnished classrooms, a library block complete with text books, sanitation, fresh water supply and sports equipment, all of which are put to good use by the students during the two shifts of lessons per day.
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.
Prior to this school being built, the children would have had to walk circa 25 kms (15 miles) a day in order to have access to a secondary education. The dropout rate after 2nd Cycle education was previously at 91%; a figure which has now dropped to 21% since the school was constructed.
As with other parts of Ethiopia, the communities surrounding this school are agrarian and heavily rely on traditional and undeveloped agricultural production systems. Coffee is the main cash crop supported by bananas, maize and beans as secondary crops.
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