Community Driven Primary Education for All

The goal of this EAC and imagine1day project in Ethiopia is to increase the primary school net enrolment rate in the three districts in the northern Tigray Region and two districts in the southern Oromia Region from 66% to 89% by mid-2018 by enrolling 32,268 primary age OOSC.

Community Driven Primary Education for All

Additional goals include reducing the overall grade 1-8 drop-out rate from 5% to 1% and reducing the rate of late entries to primary school from 11% to 1%. This project builds on the success of Imagine1day’s Bale Out of School Children Initiative implemented with EAC in 2014, which reduced the number of OOSC by 13,801 across two districts in the Bale Zone of the Oromia Region.

To create significant changes in the five targeted districts, a focused strategy and holistic and integrated activities will be utilized. A model school will be created in each district, which will serve to promote the possibilities that education can offer. Through targeted awareness campaigns and capacity building efforts of community based organizations, religious and political leaders, Parent Teacher Associations (PTA) and women’s associations, girls and other vulnerable children will be enrolled. Professional development programs for teachers and improvements in the quality of school learning environments will bring achievement and attitudinal changes to help reduce drop outs. In total, the project will benefit 260 schools and communities in the target districts.

Sustainability will be enhanced by securing commitments of key partner organizations, direct engagement of district governments, building PTAs’ leadership capacity, contributions (cash, labor, materials) of communities to build schools, and increasing the ability of families to generate income through small enterprises to pay for school.


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EAC is partnering with imagine1day International to ensure children in Ethiopia receive a quality education. Together, EAC and imagine1day will increase education access to more than 60,000 out of school children in the regions of Oromia and Tigray.




Situated in East Africa, Ethiopia is vast, shares borders with six other countries and has a population of 84 million, the second highest on the continent. Annual population growth is estimated at 2.6 percent and children under the age of 15 are thought to total 33 million. The country has a federal system of governance and includes nine states and two city administrations. The government has made a concerted effort to link the education sector with macroeconomic policy to achieve the objective of arriving at middle-income country status by 2025.