CHOCHE HIGH SCHOOL
Choche High School, Goma, Ethiopia
The Costa Foundation’s seventh school in Ethiopia, Choche High School is located in Goma District within Jima Zone in the Oromia Region 381 kms (236 miles) west of Addis Ababa. The District is divided into 36 Peasant Administrations and 3 small rural towns. The District has a population of 24,700 people of which 51% are female. 62% of the entire population are aged below 20 which emphasises the need for decent educational infrastructure within this Region.
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. Prior to its construction the children in this village were faced with a 19 km (11 mile) walk to the nearest high school.
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.
Before this school was built, Goma District had 1 Preparatory school, 1 High School, 42 2nd Cycle Schools and 21 1st Cycle Schools which demonstrates the urgent need for additional high school facilities. The teacher to student ratio was 1:95 a figure which has now dropped to 1:60 since the construction of Choche High School.
As with all schools built by the Costa Foundation in Ethiopia the investment in education becomes the heart of a community in rural Ethiopia by educating not only the students and the previous drop outs who now attend school; but also the parents and elders. While students are being educated, an entire community benefits from clean water, improved health and hygiene, and sustainable income-generating models that they can emulate in their own lives.
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