Increasing Access to Education for Marginalized Children in Ethiopia

The goal of the Increasing Access to Education for Marginalized Children project is to respond to the education needs of OOSC in Ethiopia and contribute to equitable access to quality primary education for disadvantaged children.

Over the life of the project, an estimated 57,060 OOSC will be given access to a quality primary education, while more than 155,000 will benefit from the improved teaching practices at their schools.

The project will increase enrolment and retention of 57,060 (50% female) primary school-age children in five regions by 2016, improve learning environments in target primary schools and alternative basic education (ABE) centers, and enhance local capacity to support children’s learning.

A total of 1,494 primary school teachers and 747 school principals will receive in-service training and mentoring, while 120 education officers and 5,972 members of School/Center Management Committees will participate in capacity-building activities. Community mobilization and sensitization activities are anticipated to reach more than 228,000 community members. This project will be implemented in 33 woredas (areas) in Amhara, Oromia, SNNP, Somali, and Tigray regions; Addis Ababa, Mekelle and Adama cities; and two refugee camps.

Partnerships with the regional education bureaus, the local education offices, local communities and parents constitute the central focus of the project’s sustainability strategy for ensuring OOSC’s continued attendance and transition within the education system.

Project finished


Save the Children

Save the Children and Educate A Child have partnered in Côte d’Ivoire and Thailand/Myamar to help children affected by conflict to enrol and stay in school. In Ethiopia, the Save the Children and EAC partnership is working to reach the most marginalized children across five regions, three major cities, and two refugee camps with quality primary level education.




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.