1. Specific Purpose:
The specific purpose of Education Access for African Children Inc. is to increase primary and secondary school enrolment and the number of female teachers in the suburban and rural areas of Ethiopia. Limited funds and a lack of adequate teachers, classrooms, and learning materials adversely affect the educational environment throughout most of the country. Education Access for African Children Inc. will focus on increasing access to quality basic education through; supplying textbooks, tuition assistance, educational material and teacher training programs.
Education Access for African children Inc. will work closely with The Higher Education Institutions Board of Ethiopia, international nongovernmental organizations, and the private sector. The Ethiopian Education Fund will work to strengthen and extend development partnerships between the United States and Ethiopia by actively engaging Ethiopian leaders and educators.
Girls’ and Boys’ Tuition Assistance Program:
In Ethiopia, girls account for a majority of the primary school-aged children who are not enrolled in school. Education Access for African Cbildren Inc. will work to bridge this gender gap by providing tuition assistance to Ethiopian girls and boys at the primary and secondary levels. These scholars will grow into educated members of their society and play positive roles in the education, political, and economic sectors of their country. Support may include tuition, books, uniforms, and other essentials needed to ensure continued access to education. Recipients also benefit from mentoring activities from community members that promote self-development and provide positive role models.
Textbooks and Learning Materials:
Education Access for African Children Inc Fund’s textbook program is to expand the quantity and to improve the quality of learning materials that are available for schools in rural Ethiopia by providing student textbooks and workbooks, teacher handbooks and guides, handouts, worksheets, audio tapes, posters, vocabulary lists, and visual aids. This program emphasizes relevant content, institutional capacity building, and the long-term sustainability of the partnerships between Ethiopian institutions and American counterparts. American universities will be invited to partner with The Education Access for African Children Inc and various local nongovernmental organizations to develop and produce textbooks and learning materials that fulfill the priority needs of the Ethiopian educational system.
Book Donations and Other Materials:
Book allocations from the donated materials are based primarily on the recipients’ expressed needs and requests. These book donations may provide supplementary reading materials that are otherwise nonexistent. In Ethiopia, supplementary books will be organized into sets for suburban and rural schools participating in the textbook and learning materials partnership’s phase. Cross-cultural understanding is another benefit of book donations: the reading books sent to Ethiopia will sometimes include award-winning books and biographies of notable Americans.
The pursuit of universal access to education places enormous stress on already burdened education systems in Ethiopia. Recruiting, training, and supporting enough teachers to provide quality learning can be particularly challenging. To meet this challenge, Education Access for African Children Inc. will work in the areas of developing, promoting, and expanding innovative methods for training teachers and administrators to improve the quality of learning for Ethiopian children.
Education Access for African children Inc. will also increases parent and community involvement in children’s education through activities such as sponsoring reading programs involving community and schools; building and strengthening parent associations, and emphasizing the importance of educating girls. These efforts will help schools and school systems become more transparent and responsive to the needs of civil society.
Education Access for African children Inc. facilitates outreach to vulnerable people such as orphans, out-of-school youth, and other children marginalized by geographic location, ethnicity and poverty. In suburban and rural Ethiopia, The Ethiopian Educational Fund will assist in the rehabilitation of schools to hasten the higher literacy process. In many Ethiopian areas the access to and use of information technology and interactive radio instruction prove effective in reaching these marginalized or hard-to-reach populations.
Inspiring students to achieve potential and personal goals through activities that are developmentally appropriate, individually paced, and personalized to each student's academic performance and interest.