There are too many children dropping out of education in rural areas of Ethiopia because they don't have a local school. Children in Gendit often have to walk over an hour to get to the closest school, which results in children ending their education early. The long walk to school is worrying for parents, especially for girls due to the increased risk of gender based violence. We want to help stop young children from dropping out of school by building two new classrooms at Gendit!
At the end of grade three, Gendit students have to leave and enrol in a school over an hours walk away. The route to the nearest school offering grade four takes children across a busy road and it is particularly unsafe for young girls. Due to these difficulties, many children will simply drop out of education altogether.
Building new classrooms will allow more children from the local area to attend school, and continue with their studies while remaining close to their homes, families and friends. Parents can feel confident and worry less about their children, especially their girls as they are no longer at higher risk of gender based violence. We will work with Gendit school to help them offer grades 1 - 6 so that local children can complete their primary education in their own neighbourhood.
It is estimated, for every year of schooling a person's earning potential increases by 10%. This means, with the correct infrastructure in place, the possibility of lifting an area out of poverty becomes more of an attainable goal . As a classroom is a long-lasting investment in a school, the new classrooms will help school countless grades of students in its lifetime. Due to these classrooms 100s more children will attend a good school close to their homes instead of dropping out of education.