• Education


    Access to formal education has been increasing gradually in Ethiopia since 2000, but not without challenges. One of the drawbacks is poor infrastructure which fails to meet the basic standards of learning environment impacting education negatively.

    In Somaliland, the Foundation’s projects are geared towards improving the standard of education which remains low, owing to major setbacks resulting from prolonged civil wars. The focus on early childhood education is informed by the general neglect of ECE in Somaliland. Our programme supports the government’s 2017-2021 Education Sector Strategic Plan (ESSP) seeking to expand ECE services from the current 5.7% to 15%.

    For a full list of our projects see here.

    Sample Projects


  • Pharo School Homosha

    Construction and the establishment of a girls’ boarding school in Homosha, Benishangul Regional State is currently the Foundation’s largest project in Ethiopia. Due to delays in construction, the school opened in a temporary campus in Assosa. Starting in October 2018, the first cohort of 60 grade-9 attended classes in the temporary campus and moved to the new campus at end of 2019. The school, the first girls’ boarding school in the region, aims to offer the best educational opportunities to bright, driven students from across the region. The vision of the school is the development of girls who reach their highest potential and become future leaders and role models.

  • Menge Woreda school renovation project

    Our programme in Menge Woreda region was implemented after an assessment of the region’s 26 schools which revealed that 32% of the schools had no water access and 52% had no toilets. Through the assessment, it was evident that the provision of these two basic necessities would be a major step in improving school attendance, especially for girls. In efforts aimed at improving access and quality education, the Foundation started improvement work in four primary schools – Keshafe, Menge, Abora and Belmegoha- in 2017. The project includes the renovation and equipping of a total of 17 blocks containing 39 classrooms, 2 libraries, 2 pedagogical centres which benefit approximately 3,511 students. The aim of the project is to improve access and quality of education for the target communities.

  • Somaliland Early Childhood Education

    The Foundation has built Early Childhood Education (ECE) centres, investing in a sub-sector that has been neglected in many African countries, but one that is key in nurturing education development. This project is in line with the country’s National Education Policy which identified ECE as a priority area in improving national education outcomes. Starting in 2016, the Foundation introduced a new ECE delivery mechanism by integrating ECE centres into public primary schools. This has enabled children from poor and middle income families to access quality pre-school education. We run 10 ECE centres in 10 public schools with 680 students. The students receive teaching materials and uniforms, as well as daily nutritious snacks and regular health checks. The Foundation supports the teachers and the learning environment through continuous teacher training and educational supplies.