From the ground up
Hundreds of children are benefiting from the construction of a new school
ADAMA, Ethiopia — Early childhood education was almost non-existent in the poor community of Adama, Ethiopia. The cost of kindergarten (offered in one small classroom), along with parents’ limited knowledge of its benefits, meant many children were not sent to school. For older children, the school was overburdened — 110 students crowded into one classroom, more than four times its capacity.
Now, thanks to Community Rise donations, a new school has been built and 280 more children are benefiting from an education each year, which means they can play and interact with their peers. Job opportunities were also created for four female teachers, improving the teacher-student ratio.
And, since getting the younger children to school was half the battle, training was provided to the community about the importance of early childhood education, which gives the next generation a chance to learn, play, thrive and grow.
Brick by brick: A new school, and community training on the value of early childhood education, is giving hundreds of children a good start in life