OWDA's Education Program is aimed at improving access to quality education for children and youth in the Somali region of Ethiopia. We believe that education is a key driver of development, and we are committed to ensuring that every child has access to education regardless of their background.
OWDA saw a direct need for an innovative education intervention in its target communities. The Geneva Global inspired Speed School program implemented by OWDA gives 9 to 14-year-olds who never had the chance to start primary school, or whose education was interrupted, a pathway to enter or reenter the school system. Students learn from a condensed curriculum covering grades 1-3 over a 10-month period. At the end of this program, the students take a placement test from the Ethiopian government and are reintegrated into the general education population. Other notable accomplishments in the Education and Child Protection sector include: ☞ 271,000 students were provided with textbooks and learning materials ☞ Three primary schools and One secondary school constructed ☞ About one million school-aged children supported ☞ 182 temporary learning spaces (classes) constructed ☞ 7 formals schools rehabilitated ☞ 8,433 vulnerable students fed at school ☞ 46 school-based community engagement programs launched ☞ 3,625 households provided with cash for education ☞ 51,500 conflict and drought affected IDP children, women, men, and their caregivers were provided with protection services. ☞ About 1500 teachers and education officials provided capacity building
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