Kilenso Rasa High School, Kilenso Oromia, Ethiopia

Before this school was built; 99% of the children in Kilenso Oromia were unable to go to secondary school as the nearest facilities were a three hour walk away. Opened in May 2008 the Costa Foundation provided eight classrooms for 960 children, four sanitation blocks, a fresh water supply and a library complete with text books. The school now has 12 full time and 6 part time teachers.

Our high school projects in Ethiopia all operate a two-shift lesson system whereby half of the students attend lessons in the morning and help their parents on the farm in the afternoon and the other half attend afternoon lessons having helped their parents on the farm in the morning. This is why the schools are able to educate up to 960 children per year.

Kilenso Rasa High School provides facilities for fourteen feeder schools in twelve parishes within the region and benefits a total population of over 100,000. As a result of the Costa Foundation’s investment, electricity was provided locally for the first time and the Government have funded eight flat screen TV’s which are being used for “remote education” using DVD’s to show lesson content being delivered by teachers in Addis Ababa.

Since building the school the Costa Foundation Trustees have been made aware of the need for sports equipment and murals on the school walls and have subsequently provided these items in all of their high schools in Ethiopia.

Kilenso Rasa High School now boasts the Costa Foundation’s first graduate to have been accepted in a University in Costa Rica; a true measure of the impact that giving access to education in remote coffee growing communities can provide (see case studies section for further details).

Kilenso Oromia is a remote farming community within the Oromia Region lying 467 kms (290 miles) south west of Addis Ababa. It is famous for its high quality Arabica coffee.

Click here for a video of the school opening in 2008


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