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What is the difference between a ‘refugee’ and a ‘migrant’?

By Girls' and inclusive education

Written by Muna Europe is dealing with a major refugee crisis – the largest since World War Two. Many refugees are fleeing their countries to find sanctuary in European countries. More than 300,000 people have risked their lives to cross the Mediterranean Sea so far this year and over 2,600 haven’t survived the dangerous crossing. It is predicted that these numbers will increase. Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa have contributed heavily to the refugee crisis. In the…

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Should we boost children’s IQ?

By Global Education

Written by Muna Bringing up Britain, a radio show on BBC 4, had a segment yesterday about children’s IQ. The big question was “is possible to boost their IQ?” However, one main theme emerged during the radio show: do not put too much pressure your child to achieve academically well. Marielle Frostrup, the show’s presenter, was joined by Dr Stuart Richie, Postdoctoral Fellow in Cognitive Ageing at the University of Edinburgh; writer and consultant Sue Palmer; Dr Sophie von Stumm,…

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Charity Golf Club team raises £1,250

By Fundraising

Written by Muna The Charity Golf Club organisation held a fundraising event recently at the Hainault Golf Club outside of London. The club consists of more than 20 friends, who work to make a difference in the lives of thousands by raising money for various charities. They do this by holding golf tournaments for a different charity every month throughout the year. We were thrilled when we heard that the club had chosen Link Ethiopia to be supported for the…

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The Wolves return!

By Sports

Written by Muna About a week ago, our favourite summer football team the Link Ethiopia Wolves, from Gondar, played against the Andinet Elementary School. The weather they played in would make it difficult for anyone to succeed in. As if Mother Nature had it in for the Wolves, the playing field was very slippery and wet due to the continuing rainy season. But the Wolves had their eye on the ball and the as a whole maintained a strong, energetic…

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Ethiopian children more satisfied with school life than in the UK

By Ethiopian News

Written by Muna The Children’s Society and the University of York have spent a decade researching the well-being of children. Last week they published their findings in their fourth annual report, which you can find on The Children’s Society’s website. For their research, they asked 60,000 children what matters in their lives. The questions were about subjects such as school satisfaction, bullying, teachers, body image, appearance and self-confidence. In the report, 84% of Ethiopian children ‘totally’ liked going to school,…

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Malnutrition training with journalists & NGOs

By Ethiopian News

By Tefera Teklu Two-day training on tackling malnutrition was given to Amhara Regional State journalists in Bahir Dar by Save the Children Ethiopia. The first day’s session – ‘Nutrition Basics and Why Nutrition Matters’ – was presented by Assistant Professor, Demewez M.H. from Food Science and Nutrition Department of Bahir Dar University. He stated that Ethiopia faces the four major forms of malnutrition: stunting (height-for-age), underweight (weight-for-age), wasting(weight-for-height) and low birth weight. Group exercise (Tefera) He also said that school children who…

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Link Ethiopia donates computers

By Projects

By Tefera Teklu (Photos by Lauren L. Elliott) Link Ethiopia donated used computers to three Technical & Vocational Education & Training Colleges that are found in Maksegnit, Kola Diba and Addis Zemen near Gondar. The colleges received 13 computers each.   The regional Manager, Elsa Kebede, briefed the representatives about Link Ethiopia’s programmes and about the computers. “I am delighted that Link Ethiopia is able to support your college with these resources and I am sure you will be able to…

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International Youth Day – Empowering young people

By Global Education

Written by Cecilia The International Youth Day – which takes place on August 12th every year- has been set up by the United Nations (UN) in 2000. Youth is considered the time of life between childhood and adulthood (15-24 years-old). This day has different focuses and aims: 1- Bringing youth issues and needs to the attention of the international community. 2- Celebrating the potential of youth as active participants in today’s global society. 3- Stress on the rights of young…

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Child Sponsorship Clubs

By Child Sponsorship

Link Ethiopia’s Child Sponsorship Programme has different aspects and aims. From providing students with schools uniforms and school learning resources to building libraries and toilet facilities in schools, the programme aims to provide concrete support to young Ethiopians. A relatively recent aspect of the Child Sponsorship Programme are the Sponsorship Clubs. These clubs aim to give sponsored children additional support and contact with our staff. It takes place in sponsored schools and all the members of the club will meet…

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Libraries – the beating heart of a school

By Libraries, books and literacy

Written by Mathilde Running since 2013, Link Ethiopia’s Libraries and Literacy project aims to improve the literacy ability of students in more than 40 schools across Ethiopia, as well as promoting the pure fun of reading for young children. As we reach the end of the second year of the project we are so pleased to observe the dramatic and important changes taking place. In 2013 the Waterloo Foundation helped us to start the project in 20 schools. With additional…

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Impington Village College – Our Fantastic Fundraisers

By Fundraising

At Link Ethiopia we are lucky enough to have some truly dedicated and energetic fundraisers who make everything possible. In this blog we thought we would turn the spotlight on the fundraisers and let them tell you what they’re up to and why they raise money for Link Ethiopia. Students at Impington Village College in Cambridgeshire are raising money for their partner school in Ethiopia. They have been involved in a range of fun activities to raise money, including persuading their…

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Ethiopia and Islam – a colourful (brief) history

By Ethiopian Culture

Written by Cecilia For Muslims Ethiopia has historically been the land of freedom from persecution and emancipation from fear. Ethiopia is considered “the heaven of the first migration or Hijra”. In 622 CE, some of the Prophet Muhammad’s followers, given the persecution they were subjected to in the city of Mecca, undertook their migration or journey to Ethiopia, where, there was a King who “did not wrong anyone”. Ethiopia was known as a land where its King Negus – or…

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It takes a village to raise a reader!

By Libraries, books and literacy

Written by Cecilia Within the annual International Literacy Day promoted by UNESCO, literacy has always been celebrated as an empowerment tool, a means to reach the main pillars of sustainable development: economic development, social development and environmental protection. Knowledge is power and education empowers to the extent that it enables people to determine their own destiny. Education is therefore at the basis of individual growth and international development. Literacy is also a basic human right and it is the basic…

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Beza to Brackenbury

By School Links

Written by David Fricker, Brackenbury Link Coordinator Another exciting chapter in the Brackenbury-Beza partnership, the visit by the Head and Link Coordinator from Beza to Brackenbury, took place this month! With the partnership established in 2012, Brackenbury Primary School and Beza (Besebarok) Primary and Secondary School have now completed two reciprocal visits, funding by the British Council Connecting Classrooms grant and supported by Link Ethiopia. The partnership between the two schools continues to strengthen sharing experiences, on the teaching and…

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The regional Reading Bees

By Libraries, books and literacy

by Hannah Dillon To continue with the success of Libraries and Literacy project, we can focus on a big event in the Link Ethiopia calendar: the regional Reading Bees. The idea was to emphasise the fun side of reading, to reward hard-working students and to make sure the project finished with a bang. There were four categories: grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6 and grades 7-8. I must say I was bowled over by the contestants’ level of English, of their…

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