Education

Entrepreneurial Focus: OHBD Founder Ellenore Angelidis is Interviewed by All Things Habesha

💐Hi IG family✋🏽This week’s big-up goes to Ellenore Angelidis, Founder & Board President of Open Hearts Big Dreams (OHBD), a nonprofit organization. Under the direction of Ellenore and her board of advisers, OHBD focuses on #Literacy, #Art and #Education in #Ethiopia. she has an amazing entrepreneurial spirit as well…enjoy her insight below: 🔻 1. Describe …

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An insider’s perspective on what drives OHBD’s mission: Founder Ellenore Angelidis is interviewed by EthioFresh

Imagine not being able to read this article or anything written into words for that matter. People often forget children’s literacy is one of the key issues still problematic in Ethiopia but also the rest of the world. That’s where the Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund comes in. Through their mission of inspiring and enabling …

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Meet Yaya!

This month’s blog is a guest post by D Yael Bernhard and reprinted from her site with permission. Meet Yaya! This energetic young fellow is the main character in my forthcoming picture book, Yaya, Come Here!, to be published by Open Hearts Big Dreams, a wonderful literacy program that is bringing books to over 40 million …

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Linking high school kids with local universities in Ethiopia

College age adult enrollment at universities in Africa and Ethiopia is 8% and 6% respectively, much lower than the global average (32%). Students in Ethiopia are facing grim prospects. Only a fraction of them proceed to preparatory school and complete college degree programs. What is more disturbing is the fact holding degrees is no longer a magic wand to unlock the power of education for a young nation. Thus, it is time to consider innovative approach that recognizes K-12 kids as co-creators of their future even without having a degree.

Higher institutions of learning are no longer viewed as ivory towers and hence universities should be in the first line in providing community service in their catchment area. Under the community service scheme, they can exert a substantial positive impact in preparing lower grade as well as high school students to be innovative in solving local problems and creating jobs for themselves.

Innovation Center at OHBD has a bold mission to connect young people to resources where they can be armed with skill sets in leadership, literacy, art and technology. The project aspires to tap on youth talent that will make them co-creators of their future. These model projects are designed to promote innovation at high schools and surrounding communities in Ethiopia. The goal is to link high schools to local as well as international resources and unlock the transforming power of local universities as well as the professional diaspora populations.

We are already taking important steps to implement this strategy. For instance, a number of our technologist supporters are building a digital platform equipped with expert database, training material for uploading and downloading.  In addition, OHBD is partnering with American Spaces in Ethiopia in a number of locations that also have a university. These facilities are well equipped with latest videoconferencing rooms and laptops and readily available for use by the community.

Of the resources mentioned above, local universities are well positioned to implement the innovation project idea because of their proximity, their mission and knowledge, as well as community service obligations.  They are producing the teachers and professionals who will go back into the schools and communities they serve. That is why we would like to draw heavily on local universities while supplementing this effort from local as well as international experts abroad.

Stay tuned for updates and opportunities to engage.

Worku Mulat

 

Official opening event of the new library of Yekatit 23 School

The day of March 29 was a great day for Yekatit 23 School communities, student’s parents, Ethiopia Reads (ER) and donors from Open Hearts Big Dreams for which it was a day to the official completion and opening of the new library building in the school compound.  The construction process was started on November 15, …

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Breaking Boundaries: Starting a School in Ethiopia

Guest post by Ellen Taussig – Founding Executive Director, ILAE and Advisory Board Member Open Hearts Big Dreams Fund The first graduates of International Leadership Academy of Ethiopia/ILAE, class of 2017, will be attending Duke University, Swarthmore College, Middlebury College, NYU Abu Dhabi, India, among others, and have attended summer programs at Yale University and NYU. They have …

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Books: Ready, Set, Go!

When I helped start Ethiopia Reads in the 1990s, there was little support for childhood literacy in Ethiopia. Even though the government had lofty goals for getting more children into school (and was generally meeting those goals), many schools had under-trained teachers and no books.  Ethiopia Reads focused on shipping English-language books and planting libraries …

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