Where we work
Link Community Development (Link) established a programme in Ethiopia with the aim of improving basic education in deprived rural areas. Link’s vision is a poverty-free Ethiopia, in which all children have access to quality education and can develop their potential for better life opportunities. We work with local communities so that they actively participate in school decision-making and financing. We currently work in the Southern Regional State (SNNPR) in partnership with the SNNPRS Regional Education Bureau, Regional Bureau of Finance and Wolaita Zone Education Department. We are working directly with 4 woreda (district) education offices and all 119 government elementary schools in those woredas.
The intended impact of this project is improved life chances for marginalised girls. At the end of this project 24,133 marginalised girls in rural Wolaita will be able to complete a full cycle of education and demonstrate improved learning. By ‘marginalised ‘, we mean economically deprived girls living in a remote rural area with high population density at risk of dropping out or non-completion of primary school. The project works directly with 56,683 marginalised girls and hopes to create an enabling environment for improved learner outcomes on a wide scale.
The ‘Language and Literacy in Rural Wolaita’ project will operate in 45 elementary schools in the impoverished Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS), where population growth has placed enormous pressure on land for subsistence farming as well as on all social service provision. Working in 45 schools across two marginalised, densely populated woredas (districts) of Wolaita, this project will reach 41,126 disadvantaged learners. The project delivery approach is distinctive through its support of local delivery structures and its emphasis on capacity-building, engagement and dissemination with community members and policy-makers.
In early 2014, Link Community Development Ethiopia worked with partner agency Whizz Kids Workshop to develop local language audio-visual materials exploring the barriers girls face to attending and achieving in school. A group of girls from all the project target areas were selected to write the scripts and receive basic training in film production. The topics include domestic chores, early marriage, status of girls' education, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and menstruation. The footage was shot on site in schools located in rural Wolaita Zone of south-western Ethiopia.
The Increased Capacity for Improved Teaching and Learning (ICITL) project aims to develop context-specific training modules and provide intensive training for school directors and teachers to improve the quality of school mamagement, curriculum delivery, and teachers' professional development.
As part of the Supporting School Improvement in Malawi (SSIM) project funded by Scottish Government, Link Community Development Malawi has trained 456 school stakeholders in 19 schools in Dedza District using the School Management Simulation Game.