Lalibela Education Alternative Project

Dear All

Thanks to your support, the year 2008 was a very busy and successful year for LEAP.

Our main objective for the year was to construct the first building and open the school. We are delighted to tell you that with your help and contribution we were able to achieve this objective.

The first building with two classes for 200 students has been constructed and class has started at the end of September. 

This year, two hundred children are attending class in the school. The age group varies between 7 and 14 years of age.  A child’s age was determined by the unique method used local to identify the age of a child. If a child is able to touch his/her left ears by his/her right hand then that child is believed to be above 7 years old. Very different from the usual way but we were told it works.

The building for four more classrooms and a skill development training building is nealry finished. This will enable us to accept more students in 2010 September intake.

This year, we have been able to achieve our objective and you have been instrumental in this. Your generosity has made an immediate difference in the lives of children in the area. Thanks again for your support and advice.

We are looking forward to 2009 being a very successful year and for your continued support to achieve our objectives! - ( site sponsors party poker bonus poker bonus partypoker bonus code )

Our main activities this year would be design and construction of the educational and training facility; supervising the construction work at each stage; research and incorporate sustainable power sources; the establishment of equipped studying and recreational place; designing curriculum, assessment and instruction; setting up study centers for students particularly girls; providing resources to support strategies.

There are nearly 50,000 children aged seven to 14 living in this northernmost tip of the country, yet less than half are enrolled in a school. Many of the 400 lucky enough to have a place at the school in Lalibela walk three miles there and back every day, to a mud-hut classroom where 100 pupils are supervised by one teacher.

The total number of school children in Lalibela region between the ages of 7 to 14 which is the official primary school age in Ethiopia, is 49675.

Of these, only 24534, 12318 boys and 12214 girls are enrolled in primary schools. There are 100 students in one class at some schools in the area. These leads to education level to be very bad.

This led them to think about the idea of good education and social development in the area.

The philosophy of the charity is that education can bring fundamental changes in the development of this society.

The main objectives of the project are to create access to education by constructing an educational facility for five hundred youth; create income - generating projects by giving skill development training in order to improve the living conditions of the community as a whole. The project expects solve the lack of educational facilities, affordability, skill development, gender prejudice within the community, accessibility to the region, environmental awareness and sustainable resources in the area. (site sponsors - bingo party binog bonus code party bingo party bingo

The initiative intended to increased access to education, skills, leadership, empathy and engagement among young people. It will promote understanding and passion for their environment and culture. The first building with two classes for 200 students has been constructed and class has started at the end of September in 2008.

This year, two hundred children are attending class in the school. The age group varies between 7 and 14 years of age. We had to set up a parent’s committee and selection criteria to select the 200 children from more than 500 children who came forward to register. Because of the shortage of school in the area, we were inundated with applications. We are planning to build more class rooms and a skill development training buildings.

LEAP is a bold approach that involves international and local teachers, parents, and the community to work collaboratively to introduce innovative and creative initiatives based upon local needs and circumstances. By working together with the community, the project will develop a relationships, strategies, and practices that provide long-term benefits to teaching and learning process.

Students will be given intensive skills training in order to guarantee them a better future. Craftsmen in the area have agreed to train the students in the local crafts.

This will generate income not only to the students but to the community as a whole. The training focuses on the development of the whole person with new knowledge and skills, proper values and attitudes suitable for the dynamic and changing society. The project will focus on efficient quality education and technical skills training on the integral development of the person. This will have a positive long lasting effect on the society as a whole, encouraging economic and environmental growth but maintains the essence of cultural identity.