CHANGE

Where: Regions of Afar, Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR (Ethiopia)
Direct beneficiaries: 21,500 girls, aged between 10 and 18, who are excluded – or risk being excluded – from the school system

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Context
Cultural background, gender discrimination, socially and economically unfavourable conditions mean, for many Ethiopian girls, not being able to go to school. Some have to work; others are forced into marriage and premature pregnancies. The luckiest ones, who start attending school, are often forced to drop out after a few years, before reaching more than a basic level of literacy.

From CIAI’s perspective, ensuring that girls go to school is the first step towards protecting them. Schooling paves the way for better life conditions for girls and future generations, not just because it results in better health protection, but also because the children of educated women are more likely to access schooling and have better learning abilities.

What we want to achieve
Girls who are educated.
Girls who aren’t discriminated against by their families or at school.
Girls who are valued by the community and the entire country because they are perceived as agents of economic and social change.

What we do
We include girls in a quality and monitored learning programme.
We aim to increase school attendance by promoting better infrastructure and alternative educational tools that not only make learning faster and more flexible, but are also specific for girls who have dropped out of school or cannot attend school every day.
We monitor attendance by introducing innovative technology that enables checking through face recognition.
We make families aware of women’s value and the importance of school.
We implement an incentive-based system for families in difficulty.
We improve the quality of teaching through training courses aimed at developing competences regarding child protection measures and gender discrimination issues.
We support communities and cooperate with institutions to activate good practices for the inclusion of marginalised girls.

Partner
Alliance2015, a partnership led by People in Need, which – in addition to C.I.A.I. – includes Concern, Welthungerhilfe (WHH) and Helvetas

CHANGE
Where: Regions of Afar, Amhara, Oromia and SNNPR (Ethiopia)
Direct beneficiaries: 21,500 girls, aged between 10 and 18, who are excluded – or risk being excluded – from the school system
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Context
Cultural background, gender discrimination, socially and economically unfavourable conditions mean, for many Ethiopian girls, not being able to go to school. Some have to work; others are forced into marriage and premature pregnancies. The luckiest ones, who start attending school, are often forced to drop out after a few years, before reaching more than a basic level of literacy.

From CIAI’s perspective, ensuring that girls go to school is the first step towards protecting them. Schooling paves the way for better life conditions for girls and future generations, not just because it results in better health protection, but also because the children of educated women are more likely to access schooling and have better learning abilities.

What we want to achieve
Girls who are educated.
Girls who aren’t discriminated against by their families or at school.
Girls who are valued by the community and the entire country because they are perceived as agents of economic and social change.

What we do
We include girls in a quality and monitored learning programme.
We aim to increase school attendance by promoting better infrastructure and alternative educational tools that not only make learning faster and more flexible, but are also specific for girls who have dropped out of school or cannot attend school every day.
We monitor attendance by introducing innovative technology that enables checking through face recognition.
We make families aware of women’s value and the importance of school.
We implement an incentive-based system for families in difficulty.
We improve the quality of teaching through training courses aimed at developing competences regarding child protection measures and gender discrimination issues.
We support communities and cooperate with institutions to activate good practices for the inclusion of marginalised girls.

Partner
Alliance2015, a partnership led by People in Need, which – in addition to C.I.A.I. – includes Concern, Welthungerhilfe (WHH) and Helvetas