"The School of St. Yared - an educational blue print for eradicating poverty in marginalised communities in Ethiopia."
The school opened in a rented compound in central Addis Ababa in September 2009 with 44 children in two kindergarten classes. Each year a new kindergarten class is added. At September 2017 there were 316 students on the school roll: two kindergarten classes, and grades 1 to 8. A new grade is added annually.
The goal is 1000 children on the roll within the next 10 years. In November 2015 the Ethiopian authorities recognised the achievements of the school and gave the project three disused school buildings in the Addis Akaki Kality area. This has added an entirely new dynamic to the project giving great potential for expansion, but not without challenge. It is 30 km distant from our current compound. In September 2016, a new kindergarten was opened at the Akaki Kality site. The rest of the school will transfer there over the next 4 years.
The School of St. Yared has become a centre of excellence in education in Ethiopia, and created a successful replicable blueprint for transforming the lives of the most marginalised and deprived children and their communities.
The school engages with teachers in the public education system and shares its expertise through its professional development programmes. It is a pilot for rolling out phonics teaching in Ethiopia.
"In recent national examinations St. Yared’s children achieved an average mark of 88% - the national average for all public and private schools was 67%."
In recent national examinations St. Yared’s children achieved an average mark of 88% - the national average for all public and private schools was 67%.
In sporting and debating fixtures and local authority educational competitions with other schools St. Yared’s performs exceptionally well. When Ban Ki-moon as Secretary-General to the United Nations held a football competition for schools in the Ethiopian national stadium, St. Yared’s won the cup, much to the euphoria of their large community of supporters. (The children do not have a sports field and even footballs are a very precious commodity.)