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Link Ethiopia celebrates 20 years!

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On February 8th, Link Ethiopia, joined with supporters to celebrate 20 years working to increase access to quality education in Ethiopia. The event was held jointly with our partner, the Kindu Trust, who have also been working to support children in Ethiopia for 20 years. The event was held at the Embassy of Ethiopia in London with over 180 supporters attending. Our Chair of Trustees, Ashley England, introduced the evening and the Deputy Head of Mission, Ababi Demissie, spoke about…

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Sixth Form visits Ethiopia!

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Six students from Impington Village College in Cambridgeshire visited Ethiopia in October, taking the opportunity to meet with students at one of our schools in Bishoftu before exploring some of the incredible sites the country has to offer. The Welcome One of these students was particularly impressed by the traditional welcome they received in Bishoftu, writing: ‘Almost twenty-four hours from when we departed from our school we are in the red van on our way to Adea Model Secondary School…

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Running 10k for Girls’ Education

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There is an African proverb which says “if you educate a man, you educate one person but if you educate a woman, you educate a nation”. This proverb is now proven by research that shows us that educating girls not only increases their personal earning potential but also reduces poverty and increases life expectancy in their communities. This impact is generational as educated women have fewer, healthier and better educated children. Simply put, educating girls is fundamental for social and…

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Jolly Phonics Training Gondar

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Students in Ethiopia are taught in their mother tongue but understanding English is vital for any students who want to continue education beyond primary level. In most regions, from secondary school onward, all subjects are taught in English. So for a student to succeed beyond primary level a good understanding of English is a necessity. Link Ethiopia brought together 36 teachers, 4 trainers from the teacher training college, and members from Gondar’s education office, to learn how to teach English…

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Gift for Gendit – our 2018 Christmas Appeal

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What are you doing for Christmas this year? This Christmas, we at Link Ethiopia are raising funds to build two new classrooms for the young children at Gendit Primary School. What, where and when? We know that too many children in Ethiopia drop out of education because schools are far from their homes. At Gendit School, after grade 3, children have to walk over an hour and across a busy road to get to the next closest school. This leaves…

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Royal Parks Half Marathon – Mission Complete!

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Staying at home, watching a movie, reading, drinking a nice warm cup of tea – at 6am on a rainy Sunday in October, these are the kinds of activities that sound appealing. And yet last Sunday the Link Ethiopia running team, along with 17 supporters,  found ourselves at our meeting point, ready to take on the 13 miles ahead of us. The day of the Royal Parks half marathon had arrived. The Training Whether it was “looking forward to actually…

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Link Ethiopia UK take on Half Marathon

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This year the Link Ethiopia team will be doing the run that we have so often challenged you to – the Royal Parks Half Marathon. October 18th will see us running alongside (or a few miles behind) our 17 Link Ethiopia supporter runners through central London and it’s many green parks. Caroline, Rory and Michou will all be running the race – Michou, now on holiday will participate enthusiastically as soon as we get our hands on her. Our small…

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How can we stop girls dropping out of school?

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One of the supported girls with her mother in the family home This year we have been increasing our focus on girls’ education. We know that each extra year of education can have a huge impact on a woman’s life in Ethiopia: increasing the amount she can earn and the amount of control she has over life decisions concerning marriage, children and health. As one of our pilot projects we supported 12 families with daughters at risk of dropping out…

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Headington school’s group trip to Ethiopia

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By Rachel Bowen. This year’s trip to Ethiopia began with a three-hour drive to Assela to the South of Addis Ababa where girls and staff met children and teachers from the Elementary School where they would be working for the project phase of the trip. The girls were overwhelmed by the welcome reception of singing, dancing and applause and they were presented with some beautiful flowers. The girls then experienced their first taste of Ethiopian food – injera and tibs…

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