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Library Improvement Awards Ceremony in Gondar

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Written by Alan Taylor. I was delighted to be back in Gondar to attend the ceremony which formally closed Link’s Library Improvement Programme after three successful years. The Library Improvement Programme was launched in 2014 to help libraries in local schools which were often not well used to support teaching and learning. 26 schools from Gondar and the surrounding areas have taken part.  School librarians received training in basic library practice (stock control, records of loans and returns) as well…

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A visit to Dudmegn School

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Written by, Alan Taylor On 13 March 2017, (or 4 Makawit 2009 according to the Ethiopian calendar) I visited Dudmegn Elementary School with Zemene from the Gondar office. The bus journey took 2½ – 3 hours each way, passing through varied countryside full of agricultural incident and activity – stolid oxen bearing a large hump above balanced by large oxhood beneath, kids frolicking by a water course, sheep and cattle heads down grazing the flush of grass brought about by…

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Celebrating in style – 20th Anniversary flag day in Gondar

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Fasiledes Secondary students joining in the Meskel square celebration In the streets of Gondar people look out of their houses and shops to see a phalanx of singing children coalescing on Meskel square. Each group is carrying a multicoloured 10 foot flag full of images of local life. Looking to mark the 20th anniversary of Link Ethiopia’s work changing lives through education, we decided to build a around our celebration around the all key contributors to our work, including UK…

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Link Ethiopia has Olympic Fever!

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Many schools have already taken part in a shared learning activity inspired by the upcoming London 2012 Olympics. Students in both the UK and Ethiopia told us their personal goals, such as becoming a lawyer or doctor. In secondary schools they also had to choose which Olympic value was most important to achieving that goal, for example courage or inspiration. Wondaya for instance wants to be a teacher in order to improve access to education in rural Ethiopia, and cited equality…

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