Lalibela Education Alternative Project

What we do

LEAP was created to give as many children as possible the opportunity to achieve their potential through education and skill development training in order to improve the living conditions of the community as a whole.

The main objectives of the project are:

- create access to education by constructing an educational facility for five hundred young people

- create income-generating projects by giving traditional skill development training

- involve parents and local craftsmen in the teaching and process

To acheive these objectives, LEAP has built a primary school in a rural site called Erfa and is currently providing basic education to 200 children, with 300 more to be reached in the next 3 years.  Basic education is made up of lessons on

* Maths   *English    *Amharic    *Environmental Sciences    *Aesthetics (music, art, games etc)

The charity is also committed to providing the students with useful skills and experiences.  Consequently, teachers are trained to work with the students to develop their communication, teamwork, and problem solving skills, as well as encouraging independant learning skills.  Guest teachers from overseas come to work with the students, and after school clubs (such as Environment and Sport clubs) are provided.  LEAP also works closely with parents and the local community to involve them in the teaching and learning process, believing they have a lot of offer in terms of local traditional skills, culture and history.  Also, strong parental involvement helps children to learn.

In the coming months, skill training will be available to all children, giving them valuable ways to generate income, preserving some of the fantastic craftsmanship in the community, and capitalising on the increasing tourism trade.  Once students have acquired these skills, they will be invited to train other children.  (Website sponsors: party bingo bonus code Party Poker sign up bonus party poker )

In this harsh region, where agriculture works only at subsistence level, and tourism seems to be developing, traditional skills are often the best hope for older children to have a dignified future.


Education in Ethiopia

- There are just under 50000 children of Pirmary School age (7-14 years old) in the Lalibela region and of these only 24534 (2318 boys and 12214 girls) are enrolled in primary schools.

- There are often 100 children in one classroom, supervised by only one teacher. (Website sponsors: party poker bonus code Party Poker sign up bonus party poker )

- Students normally attend either the morning or the afternoon shift, and the rest of the time they look after the goats or sheep while their parents work in the fields.

- The Lalibela region is rich in traditional skills, like weaving, pottery and woodcraft, etc. However, the
majority of children don't have access to these skills.