Educate and Empower 800 Ethiopian Girls

 
$37,685
$103,564
Raised
Remaining
Feb 7, 2011

Continued Scholarships Update!

PATHFINDER INTERNATIONAL

GLOBAL GIVING SCHOLARSIP

SEPTEMBER – DECEMBER 2010 REPORT

BACKGROUND

A number of international conventions, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Program of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, have emphasized the importance of education. The Fourth World Conference on Women, held in Beijing in 1995, recognized that female literacy is essential to empowering women to participate in decision making in society and to improving the well-being of families. In addition, the United Nations has articulated the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which include goals for improved education, gender equality, and women's empowerment. The MDGs emphasize the essential role of education in building democratic societies and creating a foundation for sustained economic growth.

Education contributes directly to the growth of national income by improving the productive capacities of the labor force. Offering girls basic education is a proven way to increasing their power and confidence and enabling them to make choices over the lives they lead.  

Educated women have the chance to live more healthy and successful lives. There are also important benefits for society as a whole. An educated woman has the skills, information, and self-confidence that she needs to be a better parent, worker, and citizen. An educated woman is likely to marry at a later age and have fewer children. Research shows that an additional year of schooling for girls reduces fertility rates and that the children of educated mothers are more likely to survive. In addition, the benefits of education on women's empowerment and gender equality are broadly recognized. In Ethiopia and in much of the developing world, female education has the following advantages:

  • As female education rises, fertility, population growth, and infant and child mortality fall and family health improves.
  • Increases in girls' secondary school enrollment are associated with increases in women's participation in the labor force and their contributions to household and national income.
  • Women's increased capacity to earn money has a positive effect on child nutrition.
  • Children — especially daughters — of educated mothers are more likely to be enrolled in school and to have higher levels of educational attainment.
  • Educated women are more politically active and better informed about their legal rights and how to exercise them.

Although Ethiopia's education and training policy stresses the need to sensitize society about the importance of female education, it still has a long way to go in making this a reality. In Ethiopia, many families struggle economically, thus most female students leave school to stay home to assume household chores or to work at the family business. Poverty and a lack of female education have always been acute in Ethiopia. Some key factors contributing to these problems are: gender-based discrimination; educating males over females, early and forced marriage of females, and young peoples’ limited knowledge of life skills and sexual and reproductive health.

In Ethiopia, the enrollment of female students at the elementary level is more than 55%. For the reasons mentioned above, this number decreases sharply in preparatory, undergraduate, and graduate schools. It is quite evident that gender equality is unattainable and unimaginable without empowering women through education. As such, Pathfinder, in partnership with Addis Ababa Women’s Association, is providing scholarship support for economically vulnerable but academically strong girls in order to increase the retention of female students at a higher level of education. In the last three months, with support from Global Giving funds, Pathfinder has been able to enroll three new students in school and continue educational support for four young women whose scholarships were going to expire before they completed secondary school.

SCHOLARSHIP DETAILS

Scholarship beneficiaries are selected from the school’s Gender club in collaboration with school management. The Addis Ababa Women’s Association closely monitors the girls’ lifestyle, progress in school, and provides the students with services to help them thrive. Most scholarship beneficiaries are orphans living with foster families. To ensure the well-being and capacity of the girls to succeed in school, the Association approaches and consults the foster families, and also reaches out to the beneficiary to discuss any problems she may be facing at home. In the school setting, the grades and performance of the scholarship recipients are monitored closely through exams and reports. Additionally, beneficiaries are offered life skills and trainings on issues of gender, gender-based violence, and sexual and reproductive health. To enhance leadership skills and self-confidence, the beneficiaries are given leadership positions in the school gender clubs. The above efforts have proven effective as the beneficiaries have demonstrated a strong work ethic in school and have set a dream and vision of becoming a professional woman.

 

NEW SCHOLARSHIP GIRLS ADMITTED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER AND DECEMBER 2010

Three new students have been admitted to the scholarship program since September 2010.

Name: Mastewal Abebe

Grade: 9

Age: 16

Period of assistance: 24 months from Oct  2010

Status: Comes from a very poor family, she was planning to dropout.

 

Name: A/work Mamush

Grade: 9

Age: 16

Period of assistance: 24 months from Oct  2010

Status: She is living with an HIV+ and sick mother.

 

Name: Nigist Endale

Grade: 10

Age: 18

Period of assistance: 24 months from Oct  2010

Status: Is an orphan, living with a poor foster family. She was planning to dropout.

 

EXTENSION OF ASSISTANCE TO PREVIOUS SCHOLARSHIP BENEFICIARIES

Extension of assistance was made to the following girls who were already supported by the scholarship and who required additional fund to complete their high school studies.

 Name: Hilina Kebede

 

Grade: 11

Initial deposit: As of May 08

 

Duration:30 months

Finished: Oct 2010

Extension of assistance: 20 months as of Nov 2010

 

Name: Mariamawit Az

 

Grade: 11

Initial deposit: As of March 09

Duration: 23 months

Finished: Jan 2010

Extension of assistance: 20 months as of Nov 2010

 

Name: Rut Shume

Grade: 11

Initial Deposit: As of Mar 09

Duration: 23 months

Finished: Jan 2010

Extension of assistance: 20 months as of Nov 2010

 

Name: Yamatu Kassa

Grade: 11

Initial Deposit: As of Mar 09

Duration: 23 months

Finished: Jan 2010

Extension of assistance: 20 months as of Nov 2010


Attachments:
Nov 11, 2010

Progress on Education Support for Ethiopian Girls

Scholarship Recipients
Scholarship Recipients

Pathfinder/Global Giving

September 2010

Through the generous support of Global Giving donors, Pathfinder has provided secondary education to 48 scholarship students in Grades 7-12 since May 2008. Scholarship beneficiaries are selected by the School Authority and the Gender Club members. The selection criteria requires that the female beneficiaries are either orphans or from resource-poor families, ranked at the top of their class, and that they are willing to participate in a Gender Club and serve as a role model to other students and the communities. Prior to their selection as Global Giving-supported students, many of these young girls were employed as domestic workers, in exchange for housing and meals, in families that would allow them to attend school. The students encountered many difficulties, such as lack of income to purchase uniforms and school supplies, limited time to complete schoolwork due to work responsibilities, and isolation

Global Giving Scholarship Students – Grades 8 and 9

Global Giving scholarship support is transformative for these students, as it alleviates many of their material obstacles to achieving an education and also links them together as members of Girls’ Clubs. Students have the opportunity to attend trainings in Adolescent Sexual and Reproductive Health (ASRH), learn additional life-skills and foster strong relationships with their peers. As a result of this opportunity, these students have developed confidence to enthusiastically pursue their goals and envision a more independent and productive future.

Jul 29, 2010

Pathfinder Enables 37 Girls to Attend School

PATHFINDER ANNOUNCES NEW SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS IN ETHIOPIA

Through the generous gifts provided by Global Giving donors, Pathfinder was able to offer 37 additional scholarships to Ethiopian girls who otherwise would not be able to attend secondary school. The following students have been selected as Pathfinder’s new scholarship recipients.

Name: Rahel Misrak Grade: 10 Background: Rahel is an orphan who is living with her step-mother.

Name Weinshet Zewdie Grade: 9 Background: Weinshet ‘s father passed away and she now lives with her mother, who has few financial resources.

Name Eyerusalem Getachew Grade: 10 Background: Eyerusalem is an orphan and her residence has been unstable. She has been moving from one family to another seeking financial and emotional support.

Name Yalemwork Zewge Grade: 9 Background: Yalemwork is from an extremely poor family. This scholarship offers her an educational opportunity which would otherwise be unattainable.

Name Kalkidan Tesfaye Grade: 9 Background: Kalkidan’s father passed away and soon after her mother disappeared. She has been living with her uncle, who has assigned her responsibility for all household chores.

Name Fikrte Tina Grade: 11 Background: Fikrte is from a very poor family and she has many siblings.

Name Meaza Solomon Grade: 9 Background: Meaza is an orphan, who is living in a local shelter. She has sole responsibility for taking care of her siblings.

Name Hameredigil T/medhin Grade: 10 Background: Hameredigil is also an orphan. She has been living with her impoverished aunt.

Name Filagot Bogale Grade: 10 Background: Filagot is an orphan living with the support of volunteers.

Name Seblewongel Tariku Grade: 8 Background: Seblewongel is also an orphan living with the support of volunteers.

Name Belaynesh Getaye Grade: 8 Background: Belaynesh is also an orphan and she is living with a poor foster family.

Name Haregewoin Abera Grade: 8 Background: Haregewoin is an orphan supported by volunteers.

Name Abaynesh Dagnachew Grade: 7 Background: Abaynesh is an orphan and is supporting herself as a day-laborer.

Name Feven Temesgen Grade: 7 Background: Feven is from a family that is very large and very poor.

Name Beletu Dagnachew Grade: 9 Background: Beletu is living with a mentally disabled mother.

Name Merartu Hadere Grade: 9 Background: Merartu is an orphan living with her poor uncle.

Name Abebu Taffa Grade: 8 Background: Abebu has lost both her parents.

Name Yemarwuha Tibebu Grade: 7 Background: Yemarwuha has lost both her parents.

Name Zeritu Haile Grade: 8 Background: Zeritu is from a very poor family.

Name Marshet Mekonnen Grade: 9 Background: Marshet earns an income by selling lottery tickets. She lives with her mother, who has very limited resources.

Name Yenensh Gashaw Grade: 9 Background: Yenesh is an orphan supported by volunteers.

Name F/Mariam Chefike Grade: 10 Background: Mariam is an orphan supported by volunteers.

Name Tigist Geresu Grade: 8 Background: Tigist has lost her father and is living with her very poor mother.

Name Tigist Bolcha Grade: 8 Background: Tigist is living with her mother and working as a day-laborer.

Name Firehiwot Zenebe Grade: 7 Background: Firehiwot is living with her mother and working as a day-laborer.

Name Netsanet Enawgaw Grade: 7 Background: Netsanet is an orphan living with a poor foster family.

Name Enatenesh Anley Grade: 9 Background: Enatenesh is also an orphan living with a poor foster family.

Name Genet Teshager Grade: 9 Background: Genet is an orphan earning a living as a housemaid.

Name Abebu Kegne Grade: 8 Background: Abebu is an orphan living with a poor foster family.

Name Liyu Wube Grade: 7 Background: Liyu is an orphan earning her living as a housemaid.

Name Wosen W/Deres Grade: 8 Background: Wosen is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Gete Habte Grade: 10 Background: Gete is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Woinshet Hailu Grade: 10 Background: Woinset is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Hanna Sette Grade: 8 Background: Hanna is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Tiruwork Arega Grade: 8 Background: Tiruwork is an orphan living with a foster family and serving as their housemaid.

Name Ehitiye Teshager Grade: 8 Background: Ehitiye is an orphan and is supported by volunteers.

Name Beliyu Seifu Grade: 7 Background: Beliyu is an orphan living with a foster family. She works as a housemaid.

PATHFINDER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT GIRLS’ SECONDARY EDUCATION

As previously reported in December 2009, Pathfinder offered scholarships to four girls to attend secondary school. Pathfinder is pleased to report on the progress of these students.

Yematu Kass: Yematu was promoted to grade 10 with good results ranking 14th among 57 pupils in her class. She is working hard to pass the grade 10 national examination, which is the key to joining the preparatory school for tertiary education.

Marenawit Azarias: Marenawit was promoted to grade 10 level with good results. She is working hard to improve her academic rank. She has been advised to work hard for success in her grade 10 national examination, as it is essential for joining the preparatory school for tertiary education. In her 1st semester of grade 10, Marenawit improved her class academic ranking by 7 steps.

Saron Alemayehu: Saron was promoted to grade 10 with very good results, ranking 3rd among 74 pupils in her class. She significantly improved in her academic work and is using her full potential to succeed in the grade 10 national examinations, which will be held in April 2010. She regards herself as a model for her siblings.

Ruth Shume: Ruth was promoted to grade 10 with good results, ranking 7th among 55 pupils in her class. She is preparing herself to attend the grade 10 national examination, which will enable her to join the preparatory school for tertiary education.

In addition to academic scholarships, Pathfinder provides these young women with social support and important information on reproductive health. The girls are offered trainings on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, as well as life and leadership skills and they are active participants in these workshops. Working with local partners, Pathfinder convened the parents of the scholarship girls to specify the purpose of the scholarship support for their daughters and the need for appropriate utilization of school supplies, transport, uniform, bed sheets, blankets, sanitary materials and other materials provided. Pathfinder closely monitors the students’ academic results and provides them additional academic support, if needed. The students have developed their own motto: “I CAN DO AND SUCCEED.”

Apr 5, 2010

Pathfinder Provides 8 New Scholarships To Ethiopian Girls

PATHFINDER ANNOUNCES EIGHT NEW SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS IN ETHIOPIA

Through the generous gifts provided by GlobalGiving donors, Pathfinder was able to offer eight additional scholarships to Ethiopian girls who otherwise would not be able to attend secondary school. The following students have been selected as Pathfinder’s new scholarship recipients.

Name: Rahel Misrak Grade: 10 School: Higher 12 Secondary Age: 17 Academic rank: 1st Background: Rahel is an orphan who is living with her step-mother.

Name Weinshet Zewdie Grade: 9 School: Karaalo Secondary school Age: 15 Academic rank: 1st Background: Weinshet ‘s father passed away and she now lives with her mother, who has few financial resources.

Name Eyerusalem Getachew Grade: 10 School: Entoto Amba Academic rank: 4th Age: 16 Background: Eyerusalem is an orphan and her residence has been unstable. She has been moving from one family to another seeking financial and emotional support.

Name Yalemwork Zewge Grade: 9 School: Entoto Amba Academic rank 91.9 in Grade 8 national exam Age: 15 Background: Yalemwork is from an extremely poor family. This scholarship offers her educational opportunity which would otherwise be unattainable.

Name Kalkidan Tesfaye Grade: 9 School: Ewket Wegene Academic rank: 16 Background: Kalkidan’s father passed away and soon after her mother disappeared. She has been living with her uncle, who has assigned her responsibility for all household chores.

Name Fikrte Tena Grade: 11 School: Kolfe Secondary Academic rank: 3.6 in grade 10 national exam Age: 17 Background: Fikrte is from a very poor family and she has many siblings.

Name Meaza Solomon Grade: 9 School: Meskerem Hulet secondary Academic rank: 99.9 in grade 8 national exam Age: 15 Background: Meaza is an orphan, who is living in a local shelter. She has sole responsibility for taking care of her siblings.

Name Hameredigil T/medhin Grade: 10 School: Agazian Academic rank: 1st Age: 17 Status: Hameredigil is also an orphan and she has been living with her impoverished aunt.

PATHFINDER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT GIRLS’ SECONDARY EDUCATION

As previously reported in December 2009, Pathfinder offered scholarships to four girls to attend secondary school. Pathfinder is pleased to report on the progress of these students.

Yematu Kass: Yematu was promoted to grade 10 with good results ranking 14th among 57 pupils in her class. She is working hard to pass the grade 10 national examination which is the key to joining the preparatory school for tertiary education.

Marenawit Azarias: Marenawit was promoted to grade 10 level with good results. She is working hard to improve her academic rank. She has been advised to work hard for success in her grade 10 national examination, as it is essential for joining the preparatory school for tertiary education. In her 1st semester of grade 10, Marenawit improved her class academic ranking by 7 steps.

Saron Alemayehu: Saron was promoted to grade 10 with very good results, ranking 3rd among 74 pupils in her class. She significantly improved in her academic work and is using her full potential to succeed in the grade 10 national examinations, which will be held in April 2010. She regards herself as a model for her siblings.

Ruth Shume: Ruth was promoted to grade 10 with good results, ranking 7th among 55 pupils in her class. She is preparing herself to attend the grade 10 national examination, which will enable her to join the preparatory school for tertiary education.

In addition to academic scholarships, Pathfinder provides these young women with social support and important information on reproductive health. The girls are offered trainings on adolescent sexual and reproductive health, as well as life and leadership skills and they are active participants in these workshops. Working with local partners, Pathfinder convened the parents of the scholarship girls to specify the purpose of the scholarship support for their daughters and the need for appropriate utilization of school supplies, transport, uniform, bed sheets, blankets, sanitary materials and other materials provided. Pathfinder closely monitors the students’ academic results and provides them additional academic support, if needed. The students have developed their own motto: “I CAN DO AND SUCCEED”.

Dec 1, 2009

Update on Scholarship Beneficiaries

PATHFINDER ANNOUNCES FOUR NEW SCHOLARSHIP AWARDS

Through the generous gifts provided by GlobalGiving donors, Pathfinder was able to offer four additional scholarships to girls who otherwise would not be able to attend secondary school. The following students have been selected as Pathfinder’s new scholarship recipients.

Name: Yematu Kass Age: 13 Grade: 9 Class rank: 17 Background: Yematu lives with her mother, who works as a maid, and four other siblings. Due to the burden of paying for school supplies, Yematu was about to drop out of school prior to receiving her scholarship.

Name: Marenawit Azarias Age: 13 Grade: 9 Background: Marenawit has no surviving parents and lives with her grandmother who struggles to support the basic costs of living for herself and Marenawit.

Name: Saron Alemayehu Age: 14 Grade: 9 Background: Saron lives with her family and previously had to rely on the support of outside individuals to cover the cost of basic school materials.

Name: Ruth Shume Age: 16 Grade: 9 Background: Ruth has no surviving parents and lives with another family who understands the importance of her education, but are unable to afford all of the costs of having Ruth attend school.

PATHFINDER CONTINUES TO SUPPORT GIRLS’ SECONDARY EDUCATION

As previously reported, in May 2008, Pathfinder offered scholarships to five girls to attend secondary school. Pathfinder is pleased to report on the progress of these girls.

Rediet Abebe: Prior to receiving her scholarship, Rediet struggled to come up with the necessary costs associated with attending school. With the help of the scholarship, Rediet not only can attend school, but has also achieved high academic standings. In particular, she excels in Chemistry, Biology, and Civics and dreams of a future career as an engineer. Rediet says this about her scholarship support:

“…now I am able to use basic, necessary educational materials such as reference materials, school uniforms, school bags, and other stationary materials…. These help me concentrate on my education, develop my self esteem, and feel capable of contributing to my country and as important as those students who have a better life... this is all due to Pathfinder Ethiopia and Addis Ababa Women’s Association, thanks a lot.”

Helina Kebede: Thanks to her scholarship, Helina has risen to the first rank in her class, and particularly excels in Physics and Civics. Helina spends her spare time reading and listening to the radio and dreams of becoming a lawyer. Before receiving a scholarship, Helina, received sporadic assistance from neighbors to help pay for her education. But, she often missed school so that she could work and earn money to help support herself and her ailing mother. Helina reports the following life changes, which she attributes to the scholarship support:

“…after the fund, many things have changed – I am able to afford living expenses, and concentrate solely on my education rather than sharing my time for working to get an income. If there had not been such support I would have been performing poorly and forced to drop out of the school”.

Yematawork Bezawork grew up in an orphanage without any known relatives. When the orphanage was closed Yematawork was taken in temporarily by a local family, but quickly was forced to move to a temporary shelter at a local church. There, she relied on small donations from volunteers to support her education, but they were insufficient and soon she was performing poorly in school. Thanks to her scholarship, Yematawork is now able to meet her educational costs and also uses a small portion of the funds to meet her nutritional needs. Through her scholarship and her own hard work, Yematawork ranked fourth in her class in the previous academic year.

Chekolech Tegegn: As one of 9 children, Chekolech’s parents had a difficult time supporting the basic needs of their family. By Grade 4, Chekolech had been taken out of school and eventually went to live with her aunt. Although her aunt appreciated Chekolech’s interest in her studies, she was unable to support basic living costs for the two of them. With her scholarship, Chekolech is able to purchase exercise books, textbooks, school uniform, and shoes so that she can attend school and has achieved great success in her education. Chekolech, who dreams of becoming a manager, explained the changes brought about in her life as a result of the scholarship:

“I was always very worried when the new academic year approched as I was afraid of asking to purchase stationary materials; it gives me relief …now am able to support myself and am no more burden to my aunt. I am attending happily my education like any other students. In sum, it helps me to feel better in all explained ways and perform better in school and to expect bright future.”

Samrawit Engdashet attributes her scholarship not only to helping her afford the school fees, uniforms, and textbooks that she needs to attend school, but also to boosting her self confidence. One day, Samrawit dreams of becoming a lawyer. Samrawit described the importance of her scholarship as follows:

“…before the support, I stood 4th, but after the fund, I stood 1st in my class, so there is a change in my education …my mind feels free and relieved… It has helped me a lot, I am very much happy with the support…”

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