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Girls’ and inclusive education

Happy International Women’s Day! Empowering girls through education

By | Girls' and inclusive education

Written by Rahel Yibrish. Today is International Women’s Day, an opportunity to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women across the world. Gender parity is something Link Ethiopia is deeply passionate about and our team are champions for girls’ education not just today but every day. Celebrating our Link Ethiopia and Kindu Trust female leaders International Women’s day was proposed in 1910 by two German advocates for women’s rights, Luise Ziets and Clara Zetkin, who tirelessly promoted…

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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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Disability is not Inability – First Phase

By | Girls' and inclusive education

Written by Shree Mandke & Julia Wathen In Ethiopia there are an estimated 6.3 million disabled children, but only 60,789 are enrolled in primary or secondary school. Like disabled children all over the world they face barriers and challenges in gaining access to quality education. Often they experience a lack of understanding from the community about disability, and consequently, many disabled children are seen as a burden on poor families, and are hidden away from the wider community, local government…

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Why Girls’ Education

By | Girls' and inclusive education

Recent research suggests that across the world, for every eight years of education given to a boy, a girl receives seven . This is a vast improvement on previous findings and has led to suggestions that the focus of development organisations should now begin to shift away from access to education and towards freedom from violence. However, universal free access to primary education remains a central Millennium Development Goal and the distribution of male-bias education is uneven as some regions…

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Researching Girls’ Education

By | Girls' and inclusive education

Having researched general reasons for high female drop-out rates, we needed a method of delivering a questionnaire that would allow us to achieve at least two things.  Firstly, easily collect a large sample of girls’ responses and secondly, have them answer honestly without fear of being embarrassed or punished for any of their responses, particularly the personal questions and those about parents and teachers.  We also wanted a way to get questionnaires to some of the girls missing school, something…

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A word from Habtamu…

By | Girls' and inclusive education

Written by Habtamu Dereje One of our Ethiopian staff members, Habtamu – Sponsorship Manager in Bishoftu – wanted to highlight the case of one of the sponsored children whose education is supported by the Link Ethiopia Sponsorship Scheme. Case study: Tejitu “Tejitu is a 17 year-old Ethiopian who was born and still resides in Bishoftu. She is unsure of her family background; she does not know her parents and currently resides with her second guardian. While she does not know…

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