Inspiring young readers
In the town of Debark in the Simien Highlands, among some of the most disadvantaged communities in northern Ethiopia, we are helping to improve the level of English language tuition for over 6,500 primary school students by providing classroom furniture, computers and IT equipment, library books and support for English language teachers in all seven primary schools in the town.
At the end of their primary school years, a good level of English language ability is vital if students are to pass Grade 8 exams, which are set in English, and progress to secondary school where English is the medium of tuition.
Many students are unable to reach secondary school as their understanding of English is not good enough to pass Grade 8 exams. Their teachers are enthusiastic and committed but they too have not been taught English well.
We are making improvements the learning environment and providing opportunities for after-school study by providing:
Over 100 school desks
More than 200 classroom chairs
12 computers, along with digital and
Over 6,000 new, age-appropriate English
language books to stock the libraries in
each of the seven schools (three of the
schools never had libraries before).
Many of the teachers have never left Debark, nor had the opportunity to meet a native English speaker. We provided training workshops, phonics training information, systems for monitoring and assessing students’ progress, along with training DVDs, videos, documentaries and podcasts to help teachers become more familiar with English pronunciation and the way the language is used.
Meet some of the students and
teachers from the primary schools
in Debark – click here
Read how we are inspiring young
readers in Ethiopia with help from
Book Aid International