Dimtu Hambela High School, Ethiopia

1. Interview with Martha, Dimtu Hambela

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How many brothers and sisters do you have?

“4 brothers and 3 sisters”

Are you the oldest or youngest or in-between? 

“The youngest (7th)”

What are your hobbies/interests when you’re not at school?

“I always study hard and sometimes play football when I get extra time to do so. I spent much of my time in supporting my sister’s family on household activities such as cleaning house, washing clothes, fetching water, collecting fire wood, etc.”

What does your father do for a living? 

“My parents are farmers who live some 350 kms (217 miles) from Dimtu Hambela.
I am now living with my sister who is a teacher in Dimtu Hambela 1st & 2nd cycle school.”
 

What will this new/does the new school mean for you?

“This is really unexpected to have such school and I am very happy and so eager to attend in 9th grade after 3 years.”

What do your mother and father think of the new High School?

“They and the whole community are happy and have no words to thank Costa Foundation.”

How would you have managed to go to High School before we built this one?

“I must go to Yirgachefe town which is 52 kms (32 miles) away from Dimtu to continue my high school with covering all living and transport costs. If this happened, it would really be difficult to get any support from my sister as she tries to fulfill the necessities of her own family.”

What is your favourite lesson and why?

“My most favourite lesson is Mathematics because I am interested in finding out results using calculations.”

What is your least favourite lesson and why?

“My least favourite lesson is Geography; this is mainly because of the instructor’s approach. In general, I found him lousy and careless!!”

What is a typical evening for you and your family?

“Ours evening is very short since we don’t have electricity around Dimtu area. During night, our family collect together, have dinner and chat on the day happenings and plan for tomorrow.”

What would you really like to do when you grow up?

“I would like to be a good Teacher!! I learnt what a good teacher means to students from that lazy Geography teacher.”

What needs to happen to help you to achieve your ambition?

“I've to study and work hard. This is a good opportunity to have such learning environment created by Costa Foundation and I hope that in near future everything will be in place to achieve my ambition.”

If there was one thing that could be added to the High School, what would you most want it to be and why?

“A library fulfilled with the required all reference books!! In remote areas like Dimtu, books are very important to bridge the knowledge gap that resulted in lack of dedicated and committed teachers and teaching aids.”

Would you mind if the Costa Foundation kept in touch with you and interviewed you once a year for the next 3 years or so?

“It is my pleasure to do this forever.”

Do you have any questions that you’d particularly like to ask the Costa Foundation?

“My question focuses on requesting you to strengthen your support for education and reach as many other students as you can!!”

 

2. Interview with Lelo, Dimtu Hambela

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How many brothers and sisters do you have?

“I live with my father since my father & mother divorced when I was 4 years old. I have no brother/sister” 

What are your hobbies/interests when you’re not at school?

“The responsibility of all household activities such as preparing meals, cleaning house, washing clothes, fetching water, collecting fire wood, etc lies on my shoulder. My hobbies are playing games and athletics.” 

What does your father do for a living? 

“My father is working as a guardian for the Dimtu Hambela 1st & 2nd cycle school.” 

What will this new/does the new school mean for you?

“The new high school encourages me to do more to achieve my goal” 

What do your mother and father think of the new High School?

“After the establishment of this high school, my father has developed trust on my further education and day and night he strongly advises me to be clever and get high results in examinations.” 

How would you have managed to go to High School before we built this one?

“The only high school to join is located at Yirgachefe, 52 kms (32 miles)  from Dimtu. If this high school hadn't been built, I would have had no education since my father’s income is not enough to cover the living and transport costs. I think I would remain as a drop out after completing 8th grade.” 

What is your favourite lesson and why?

“My most favourite lesson is English because, it is easy to understand.”

What is your least favourite lesson and why?

“I don’t have any as I study hard and try to understand all subjects.” 

What is a typical evening for you and your family?

“After dinner, I always do my home work and study hard while my father is busy in his night shift duty.” 

What would you really like to do when you grow up?

“I would like to be a Bank Manager because, I heard that women Bank Managers in Ethiopia are few and I have a vision to be one of them.” 

What needs to happen to help you to achieve your ambition?

“I need good teachers, better learning environment like the new school and from my side I have to develop strong commitment to achieve my vision.” 

If there was one thing that could be added to the High School, what would you most want it to be and why?

“That one thing has to be a library! It would help me to get reference books on different subjects such as languages, sciences and dictionaries.” 

Would you mind if the Costa Foundation kept in touch with you and interviewed you once a year for the next 3 years or so?

“I will be happy.” 

Do you have any questions that you’d particularly like to ask the Costa Foundation?

“Please convey my sincere thanks for all supporters of Costa Foundation.”

 

3. Interview with Zena, Dimtu Hambela

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Age and grade?

“I am 18 years old and learning in 9th grade.”

How many brothers and sisters do you have?

“I live with my father; have no brother/sister (My mother died 7 years ago).” 

What are your hobbies/interests when you’re not at school?

“Helping my father on household activities and studying. I don’t have extra time to do other things. I am so busy in life.” 

What does your father do for a living? 

“He engaged in timber trading and farming.” 

What will this new/does the new school mean for you?

“I’m now attending class in a very different situation as compared to the previous old school. I would like to thank the organization who provides this opportunity for me and my friends.” 

What do your mother and father think of the new High School?

“My father is an old man and through his life time he had never expected to have high school in Dimtu area. He is very happy and ready to participate in every community activities after seeing the establishment of the new high school.” 

How would you have managed to go to High School before we built this one?

“I have to join Yirgachefe High school (52km (32 miles) from Dimtu).” 

What is your favourite lesson and why?

“My most favourite lesson is Mathematics because; I am very much interested in calculation”

What is your least favourite lesson and why?

“I like all other subjects.” 

What is a typical evening for you and your family?

“I spend the night with my father and always after dinner I study and do my home work.” 

What would you really like to do when you grow up?

“I would like to be a Doctor because; I would like to serve the people and my country in the health sector.” 

What needs to happen to help you to achieve your ambition?

“If I learn in better situations, I will achieve my ambition with out any problem.” 

If there was one thing that could be added to the High School, what would you most want it to be and why?

“I want a good library, this is one of the situations required to achieve my ambition.” 

Would you mind if the Costa Foundation kept in touch with you and interviewed you once a year for the next 3 years or so?

“It is my pleasure.” 

Do you have any questions that you’d particularly like to ask the Costa Foundation?

“Please don’t forget us.”

 (In the interest of protecting children the children's names have been changed) 

 

 

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