St Mary’s School, Addis Ababa Maichew

St Mary’s School, Addis Ababa Maichew

Saint Mary’s school is just one great example of the brilliant work being done by the Daughters of Charity in education around Ethiopia. The school was founded in Addis Ababa in 1927 to provide education for girls. The programs are implemented and directed by the Daughters of Charity under the auspices of the Ethiopian Catholic Church. It was originally a boarding school to house girls from Addis Ababa and the surrounding countryside and give them an education they would otherwise not receive. Since then the school has gone from strength to strength under the guidance of the sisters and with the help of various donors, and now caters for over 1800 children aged 4 to 18 years from various socio-economic backgrounds.

The facilities at St. Mary’s School are of the highest quality. There are laboratories for chemistry, physics and biology to provide students with the scientific knowledge to become the future scientists and doctors of Ethiopia. There are two computer labs with 26 computers, allowing students to acquire skills necessary for the ever-growing world of business and computing.

There is also a technology workshop to inspire young people with a talent for technology, allowing them to pursue this kind of career and have proficiency with technical issues in everyday life. Last, but not least, St Mary’s has an impressive library with over 11,250 books, allowing students to expand their knowledge and engage in independent learning on subjects that inspire them. This is extremely important in fulfilling the school’s objective to teach students to truly think for themselves, allowing them to be a generation of entrepreneurs and innovators that Ethiopia can benefit from. As many as 300 readers can study at a time in the school library.

St Mary’s School, Addis Ababa Maichew

As is evident, St. Mary’s school is doing great work for the community, improving the education and lives of literally thousands of school children. The school is providing many with the opportunity to better themselves and the whole country in the future. It is merely one example of the many areas throughout Ethiopia where the Daughters of Charity provide first class primary education. The aim is to continue to provide this and further expand both the internal programs of the school and the overall intake. They also aim to be able to have as close as possible to 100% completion rates for primary school children