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“It was just not interesting to go to school back then. I didn’t have the reference books I needed and computers were strange things I only knew from a distance. There were even long queues at the water tap and sometimes I’d return to the classroom thirsty.”

Aim: Provide resources, computer training, and better facilities at two primary schools to help raise educational standards.

In the slum areas of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, children attend under-resourced government primary schools that have poor facilities in comparison to private schools. The substandard education they receive further hinders their chance of progressing in life and escaping poverty.

Addis-Tesfa and Soramba are two large primary schools in the Kolfe-Keranio district of the capital, attended by over 3,500 pupils from impoverished backgrounds. Neither school could provide proper access to drinking water or toilets, let alone a library or science laboratory.

Yenegeta Ayalneh (top, right), a teacher at one of the schools, would watch as thirsty children got into fights over water. “Would you believe it if I told you the school had only two taps for all the students to drink from?” he said. “There wasn’t a single library book before Islamic Relief’s donation – and how can a teacher teach without reference books?”

In 2014, an Islamic Relief Waqf project provided both primary schools with libraries, science laboratories, and ICT rooms, along with computers, lab equipment, and furniture. The libraries were stocked with 1,900 reference books. Ten teachers received training in computer skills, and new water and sanitation facilities were installed to improve health and hygiene standards, including twenty drinking water taps.

The schools now offer ICT classes for pupils and even provide training to other teachers. “I knew nothing about using computers,” said Yenegeta. “I used to beg my friends to type when I wanted to prepare worksheets for my students, but thanks to Islamic Relief everything is now solved.”

It is difficult to convey the ongoing impact of a good education in poor communities. In these two schools in Addis Ababa, children have rekindled their enthusiasm for learning

Mukerem’s story

Mukerem Jemal (left) is a 15-year-old 8th-grade student at Soramba Primary School. He lives with his parents and two brothers in a rented one-room house made of mud and thatch. Mukerem’s father, a fruit vendor, could not afford to buy books for his sons – and neither could their school.

“Before Islamic Relief came, I had to go to my friends to borrow reference books. Sometimes they would lend them and sometimes I came back empty-handed. I always felt ashamed to ask,” Mukerem recalled. He also questioned whether his school was a proper school and whether his education was worthwhile.

“After Islamic Relief came, so many things improved. Now my main focus is education. When I get free time, I run to the school library and spend hours there. My grades have improved dramatically. I plan to get the highest grade in the national exam and go on to secondary school. “I am so grateful for the support that Islamic Relief has given to our school. Thank you.”

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“It was just not interesting to go to school back then. I didn’t have the reference books I needed and computers were strange things I only knew from a distance. There were even long queues at the water tap and sometimes I’d return to the classroom thirsty.”