You might have been following our progress over the past year as we construct a brand new secondary school in deep-rural Ethiopia. It’s the first of four new schools that we’re building to open up access to pupils in remote areas who otherwise may never have had the chance to attend secondary school because there wasn’t one in their area.
We are so thrilled to say that last month our new school opened its doors and welcomed its first pupils! Here is a snapshot from inside the brand new Sorto School.
Pupils learning in one of Sorto Secondary School’s new classrooms
Link built the school which has since been handed over to the local government to be run as part of the state education system – they are in charge of the staff, maintenance and running of the school, although we did provide the initial resources like furniture, textbooks and lab equipment. It was important to us that these new schools are sustainable and that they help to strengthen and build capacity for the local education system, rather than set up parallel and competing systems.
The school is part of our girls’ education project and will benefit from all of the support we’re offering teachers, pupils and communities across the region. From the image here you can see how high demand is for quality education in the area.
We want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported this project, we couldn’t have done it without you. And do keep your eyes peeled for more news, as we’ve already started construction on the final three schools!
If you just can’t get enough, here’s a look back at the construction journey:
Foundation digging underway
First sightings of the building walls
Walls going up
Roofs are added
External view of finished classroom blocks