Education

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 …

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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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