Kilenso Mekonesa, Ethiopia

1. Interview with Buse Jiam

buse-jiam

Age and grade?

“I am 20 years old and learning in 8th grade.”

How many brothers and sisters do you have?

“I have 4 brothers and 3 sisters, am in between.” 

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

“Helping family and playing all games.” 

What does your father do for a living?

 “My parents are farmers.” 

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

“I found it very important since it is going to be established in my village.” 

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

“They are very happy and currently my father is one of the school construction committee members working for the coordination of the community for the establishment of the new high school.” 

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

“The near by high school is situated at Bule Hora town which is more than 20 km from my village. Imagine how it could be difficult for my family to send me there!!” 

What is your favourite lesson and why?

“My most favourite lesson is Chemistry because, I like science.”

What is your least favourite lesson and why?

“I hate mathematics because it is difficult to understand.” 

What is a typical evening for you and your family?

“Before dinner, all family members with our neighbours collect together and have a coffee ceremony. This is very common in our village.” 

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

“I would like to be a Physician because; I want to reach to people who are in need of medical treatment” 

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

“This can be achieved through hard work and good teaching and learning process.” 

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 to get well furnished library with reference books.” 

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?

“I kindly ask Costa to continue this important and valuable support to other far located communities.”

 

2. Interview with Chaltu Beriso

chaltu

Age and grade?

“I am 16 years old and learning in 8th grade.”

How many brothers and sisters do you have?

“I have 5 brothers and 2 sisters and am in between.”

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

“Helping family on household activities and playing volley ball.”

What does your father do for a living? 

“My parents are farmers.” 

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

“To me having high school near by means less opportunity to abduction and early marriage. I knew many girls who exposed to abduction when they were travelling long distances and many other girls who got married as they remained as dropouts because of lack of high school in their vicinity.”

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

“High school was their unsolved problem for decades. By now, they are ready even to teach all their children to the college and university level.”

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

“Either to Bule Hora, the District’s town or to Kilenso Rasa high school, that located 20 km away from Kilenso Mekonisa in different directions”

What is your favourite lesson and why?

“My most favourite lesson is my local language Oromiffa because, I found it so easy to understand and communicate.”

What is your least favourite lesson and why?

“English, because it is difficult to understand.”

What is a typical evening for you and your family?

“The whole family stay together; children listen elder’s stories, drinking coffee and eating dinner are common”

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

“I would like to be a Teacher because; I want to be proud of teaching students.”

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

“I have to work hard.”

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

“The most one is Library”

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?

“Can you send us books for reading?”

 

3. Interview with Selamawit Bekele

selamawit

Age and grade?

“I am 16 years old and learning in 8th grade.”

How many brothers and sisters do you have?

“I have 4 brothers and 6 sisters and am in between.”

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

“Helping family on household activities and playing hand ball.”

What does your father do for a living? 

“My parents are farmers.” 

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

“It is a golden opportunity to have a high school with in a kilometre radius. I am worrying until the construction is commenced.”

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

“My parents share my idea because we had many promises from the government to have such infrastructures for long time but not be functional, sofar.”

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

“I would join Kilenso Rasa high school because; I have relatives whom I could stay there.”

What is your favourite lesson and why?

“My most favourite lesson is Biology because, it describes about living things.”

What is your least favourite lesson and why?

“Mathematics, it is always difficult to understand.”

What is a typical evening for you and your family?

“We spend the night together having dinner and coffee ceremony.”

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

“I would like to be a Teacher because; I like the ethics.”

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

“There has to be strong support from the government and outsiders like Costa Foundation to create better educational environment. I believe that I have to work hard 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?

“Mine most need is a library”

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?

“I just want to ask you to keep your promise!”

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