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Kilil Rufael Elementary

By School Links

This growing school is over an hour’s walk from the nearest town, Azezo, in the north of Ethiopia. Link Ethiopia and the local community recently completed a joint project to build two new classrooms to expand the school to Grade 7. The students completing Grade 6 would previously have either walked to the nearest school in Azezo or stopped going to school. This project will give each young person in the local community the opportunity to continue their education for…

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Fasiledes Secondary goes online!

By School Links

We’ve funded the equipment and installation costs necessary to provide an internet and email connection to the Fasiledes Secondary School in Gondar town. We’re also supporting the running costs for the scheme for the first 6 months. Our aim is to roll this level of information access out into other schools in the area. Link Ethiopia has also supported schools with technology equipment such as this heavy-duty printer at the only preparatory school in Gondar town. The machine has revolutionised…

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Angereb Secondary School teacher visits Backwell School in Bristol

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As part of Backwell Secondary and Angereb Secondary’s shared curriculum project on sustainability, Backwell School welcomed Amlaku Negash, an English teacher and the Link Coordinator at Angereb Secondary school in Gondar, Ethiopia. Amlaku spent spent a week at the school, talking to students and teachers about Ethiopia and life at Angereb. Amlaku also visited the local area and took part in a school excursion to a nearby forest to practice camping skills. It was an eye-opening visit for both the…

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New resources and campaigns

By School Links

Free East Africa Drought Resources from ActionAid – KS2-4 Parts of Southern Ethiopia and Northern Kenya are currently experiencing the fourth year of one of the worst droughts in history. Millions of people are currently relying on food aid to survive. Explore the issues with Action Aid’s free resources and find out what you can do to help. Please note that none of the areas where we link schools are currently affected by this drought and care must be taken…

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Welcome to Gillian Symons, our new Education Officer

By School Links

In June, Gillian Symons joined our team to take up the brand new position of Education Officer. Gillian brings with her years of experience as a primary teacher as well as experience developing resources for Oxfam, WWF, Think Global and SEED. Gillian will be leading on developing our termly resource packs of assemblies, lesson ideas and shared learning activities which aim to explore global issues through your partnership. Gillian will also be visiting schools around the country to offer INSET,…

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West London Academy Teachers take a dunking in order to raise money for Maksegnit Secondary!

By School Links

Congratulations to West London Academy for raising £1000 towards sanitation at Maksegnit Secondary School. Students and teachers at West London Academy took part in a variety of fun activities in order to raise money, including battling in inflatable sumo costumes and ‘Soak The Teacher’ – a machine which tips a bucket of water over a waiting teacher when enough change is collected! All proceeds will go to support sanitation work at Maksegnit Secondary in Gondar Zuria, northern Ethiopia. The school…

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New Resources and Campaigns

By School Links

Send My Sister to School Dates: May and June 2011 Join the Global Campaign for Education’s initiative ‘Send My Sister to School’ this summer term. Explore the issues and speak up for girls’ education! 67 million children are out of school: most are girls. Help them to remind world leaders of their promise to provide an education for all children by 2015.  You can order your free pack including posters, DVD, stickers and teacher’s guide at www.sendmyfriend.org (lots more learning…

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Reinwood’s Ethiopia Day

By School Links

Reinwood Primary School, linked with Adama 2 Elementary in Southern Ethiopia, recently held an Ethiopia day. Pupils learnt about clean water issues in Ethiopia and used ICT to design newspaper articles on the subject, reworked a traditional African fable, the Marriage of the Mouse and the Hare, and learnt about the effects of malaria around the world. Children also took part in a sponsored relay race carrying bottles of water in order to raise money and awareness about children in…

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Teachers from Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School visit Fasiledes Secondary

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In February Christopher Savvides and Gareth Cadman visited Fasiledes Secondary School, with whom Dr. Challoner’s Grammar School has been linked for over 15 years. The visit was funded by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust TIPD visit funding scheme. Chris and Gareth were warmly welcomed by the student Link Club with a traditional coffee ceremony and a cultural display. They reciprocated by using a ‘Life Box’ and some video footage compiled by Dr. Challoner’s students as a talking point to…

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Laneshaw Bridge and Atse Bekafa exchange stories and books of playtime games

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Laneshaw Bridge Primary School has been linked with Atse Bekafa Elementary, an urban primary school in Gondar, Ethiopia since 2009. The past year has seen a real growth in their partnership. The two schools initially exchanged drawings about their local environments, allowing children at both schools to see how similar, in many cases, their surroundings were. Children at Laneshaw Bridge then made illustrated booklets of stories and their favourite play time games. These were sent over along with worksheets for…

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Backwell and Angereb’s Shared Curriculum Project on Sustainability gets underway

By School Links

In 2010, Backwell Secondary in Bristol and Angereb Secondary in Gondar, Ethiopia were awarded funding from the British Council for an innovative shared curriculum project examining water use and sustainability in their two communities. The project started with students introducing themselves through the exchanging ‘global passports’ with information about themselves and their hopes for the world. Students also examined cultural attitudes in both their communities to better understand how they could work together effectively. Both schools have started to record…

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Brocklewood’s Fundraising Success

By School Links

Brocklewood Primary raised an impressive £600 for their partner school, Dagoma Elementary, situated in a rural area of Northern Ethiopia. Pupils at Brocklewood took part in a variety of activities to raise the funds, at the same time building up their skills in various areas of the curriculum. Pupils made friendship bracelets in Ethiopian national colours for sale, sold cakes, smoothies and hot chocolate, took part in a sponsored water carry around the field and filled a map of Ethiopia…

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Partner School Visits – October 2010

By School Links

Several UK teachers and a group of sixth formers recently visited their partner schools in Ethiopia. Joy Hardy from Queniborough Primary School and Mike Hill from Wreake Valley Community College spent five days in their partner schools in Bahir Dar, whilst Jonathon Wilcox led a group of 15 students from Halliford School to visit Edeget Feleg School in Gondar. The visits were a great success and gave both teachers and students a real insight into the lives of their Ethiopian…

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School Linking – what happens next?

By School Links

So what do the schools actually get up to in a school link? It’s one thing saying that a school on the vast African continent is partnered with your own in the UK or the US, but there has to be more to it than that. On starting up a school link, the UK/US school receives a very fulsome and detailed Welcome Pack which introduces them not only to Ethiopia itself – its history, its wildlife and its culture –…

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School linking

By School Links

A school link with Link Ethiopia? What’s that all about, then?! When a school wants to widen its focus and get its children looking outwards into the big, wide world, a school link with another country is a great activity to engage in. Instead of focusing only on their own lives and their own communities, both pupils and teachers can have the chance to experience what it is like to live in another country such as Ethiopia, a country which…

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