Main Barriers to Education
- Gender discrimination
- Poverty & conflict
- Shortage of trained teachers
Interventions to Barriers
- School construction
- PTA capacity building
- Provision of teaching materials
To that end, the education sector has prioritised attainment of the MDGs and the objectives of the National Development Plan through supplying a qualified, trained work force with appropriate skillsets at all levels. Access to education has made rapid progress, corresponding with increases in the number of teachers, schools and institutions in the past few years. Moreover, in an attempt to alleviate the disparity between disadvantaged groups and those in more advanced regions, efforts have been made to develop curriculum and structure education management more relevant to Ethiopia’s diverse population through initiatives, such as Alternative Basic Education (ABE).
Although Ethiopia’s education sector has made strides, inhibiting factors prevail, which stifle access and quality. For instance, gender disparities persist in the distribution of educational opportunities and dropout rates remain high, particularly in pastoralist and remote areas where drought and localised conflict are common. Furthermore, poverty, geographic constraints and lack of parental education and support are effective in excluding primary-level school children in Ethiopia.
To address these barriers to education, EAC has established partnerships with imagine1day, Pact, Save the Children and UNHCR. Through a diverse cadre of projects, EAC and its partners will build the leadership and technical capacity of key stakeholders; mobilise communities through awareness campaigns; implement teacher-training programmes; enrol new class one children and ensure a corresponding number of teachers; and provide teaching and learning materials.
Geographic Location: East Africa
Languages: Afar (official), Amharic (official), Oromo (official), Somali (official), Tigrigna (official), Sidamo, Wolaytta, Gurage, Hadiyya, Gamo, Gedeo, Opuuo, Kafa, English, Arabic
Reaching Educational Attainments of Children in the Hinterlands (REACH) is a one-year initiative that builds on Pact’s success in using flexible and innovative models to expand opportunities to the most marginalized and hardest to reach children and help them access and complete education in Ethiopia.