MEKONISA HIGH SCHOOL
Mekonisa High School, Kilenso Mekonisa, Ethiopia
The Costa Foundation’s third high school in Ethiopia, Mekonisa High School began construction in June 2010 and was opened to 900 children in March 2011. The school now has 8 full time and 5 part time teachers.
The community were so keen to get a new high school that they purchased the land for $37,000 back in 2010. Now the school receives over 960 students a year from eight feeder schools, benefiting a total population of over 86,000.
Within a month of opening, the students had formed extra-curricular activities in AIDS/HIV awareness, gender equality and environmental issues.
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.
On a recent visit to the school, the Costa Foundation Trustees were delighted to see small nurseries of plants and crops around the school organised by the team leaders of the environment club further verifying the benefit of extra-curricular activities within this community.
The Costa Foundation provides its high schools in Ethiopia with sports equipment including football and volleyball kits and the first football and volleyball matches between Kilenso Rasa and Dimtu Hambela were held in March 2013. Despite the distance between these two schools, further inter-school matches are planned.
Kilenso Mekonisa is situated 489 kms (303 miles) away from Addis Ababa in South Ethiopia. It is a rural agricultural area with coffee, bananas and inset the main crops grown. Before the high school was built; 97% of primary school children dropped out of the education system because of lack of secondary school facilities within walking distance.
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