About Link Community Development Ethiopia
In Ethiopia, Link has impacted the learning outcomes of 97,809 children in 164 elementary schools across Rural Wolaita. Elements of Link Community Development Ethiopia’s work which constitute recognised best practice include: our unique School Performance Review cycle; Gender Action Plans and Social Accountability Monitoring in schools; intensive language and literacy skills development with teachers and learners; and capacity building for parents, teachers, school managers and local education officials. Link Ethiopia’s biggest project is the DFID funded Girls’ Education Challenge programme that supports the attendance, retention and learning of over 62,000 girls in 123 schools. Our results show that literacy has improved by 300% and numeracy by 150%.
“Link has created awareness about a female being a mother, daughter, nation and a wife; teaching a female is teaching a community and a female can achieve anything if given a chance.” - Betheseada Enaso, 14, Ade Dawe School
“Link’s holistic approach aligns with government policy in Ethiopia and extends ownership to all levels of the community by working closely with government staff and local institutions. This supports sustainability and improves social accountability. Link, which is one of the most successful projects in terms of improving learning outcomes for girls, simultaneously decreased gender disparity, developed an increased interest in science amongst girls and improved attendance.” (GEC Thematic Papers, September 2016, p.18)
Districts: Damot Sore, Damot Pulasa, Kindo Koisha and Damot Woide
Focus: Girls’ education; school improvement; language and literacy; social accountability; teacher development; pre-school support