Link Community Development

Improving the quality of education in Africa

Information Gathering in Ethiopia

Keen followers might remember that last year we were preparing to ship a few pallets of shiny new tablets to Ethiopia. Here we are outside our Edinburgh offices with the van sending them on their way!

The tablets have since arrived in Sodo, in Wolaitia Zone, where our girls’ education project is running and have been put to good use!

117 staff at zonal and local government level have received pilot training on how to use the tablets to collect learning assessment data, specifically for early and secondary grade reading and maths, for the project baseline survey – this survey will allow us to assess the current situation so we can better direct our projects, and we’ll track our impact at the end of the project by comparing figures. Training was provided by our partners School to School International, with support from our amazing team in Ethiopia.

In training, the participants became familiar with the learning assessment tools and their content, learned data collection protocols, procedures and best practices, and gained confidence and ability to take on the learning assessments using the tablets.  They also had the opportunity to practice using the tablets for 2 days in a nearby school.

As per Link policy, a session was also delivered on child safeguarding and protection, to ensure that everyone plays their role in keeping children safe. 


So what’s next! We’ll incorporate lessons learned from the training and pilot and provide refresher training before conducting the actual baseline survey at the end of April. The tablets will be used throughout the project to easily collect and process data, tracking our progress.

Our 8-year Secondary girls’ education project here in Ethiopia will help over 60,000 girls to progress into their secondary education and transform their futures. You can donate to our match-funding target to ensure we can deliver the full project here.


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