Catholic Primary School Bahir Dar, Atse Tekeleghiorgis Catholic School Addis Ababa, St. Joseph Catholic School, Bulbula, St. John Paul II, Jimma

Primary School education in Ethiopia comprises of grades 1 – 8, from the ages of about 7 to 16. As mentioned above, the provision of primary school has improved in Ethiopia over recent years and enrolment levels reflect this. However, completion levels remain lower than would be hoped, and the Daughters of Charity aim not just to increase the availability of education but the quality of education also. The high number of school drop-outs can partly be attributed to a lack of quality education. Ethiopian schools, for example, have a severe shortage of textbooks, often relying on outdated and inappropriate internationally donated books. By providing outstanding facilities and a high quality of teaching, the projects provided by the Daughters of Charity are transforming the communities they are working in. They currently provide 3,891 children with primary education across 6 locations in Ethiopia. These schools work in tandem with the other projects mentioned in the rest of this report.

Catholic Primary School Bahir Dar, Atse Tekeleghiorgis Catholic School Addis Ababa, St. Joseph Catholic School, Bulbula, St. John Paul II, Jimma

Together this creates a holistic approach to social development allowing families, as well as children, to benefit from the school provisions. Atse School, for example, aims to help young people rise out of poverty through quality education. The grade 8 students passed national exams with excellent results, but many, more importantly, developed passions and interests. Creative work in art and science were proudly presented to parents, whilst a number of female students became first among ten sub-cities in sport. In Bahir Dar, 1,762 children are given primary school education, including a bus which carries up to 300 children for three trips in the morning and three in the evening, allowing children who live in more rural areas, who would otherwise find it difficult or impossible to get to school, continue their education.