Derba High School

Derba High School, Amaro, Ethiopia

Amaro is one of the 133 Districts in the SNNPRS Region and is located 485 km south of Addis Ababa. With a population of 139,743, mixed farming is prevalent with coffee being the main cash crop. There were 31 infant schools and 11 primary schools within this district, but only 1 high school. In order to accommodate the many hundreds of students unable to further their education beyond primary school level, the Costa Foundation has built a new high school which was opened by one of the trustees in October 2014. 

This is, without doubt, the most remote school that the Costa Foundation has ever built. The journey to Derba took over a day and a half from Addis Ababa with many of the roads washed away and extremely mountainous. 

The new school has 8 fully furnished classrooms, a fully stocked library, sanitation and fresh water. Enrollment of students was at 960 from the day the school opened, all of which came from 11 feeder schools. Plans are in place to install a computer lab in 2015 once the government have connected electricity to the school block.

The opening celebration included the traditional coffee ceremony and sharing of the bread and was enjoyed by at least 1000 members of the community including the elders of the tribe.  

Click here for a video of the school opening in 2014


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