“For 33 years this school has lived in terrible condition. The (not yet complete) block has inspired the community and students already. We are now excited to work together againPrincipal Berhanu Tadesse
Prinicipal Tadesse knows the value of a good school. In his six years at Itu Iliye Primary School he has seen the ripple effect of quality education in rural villages. Education brings better job opportunities, more efficient farmers and greater food stability.
Despite limited resources for its 656 students, Itu Illiye has found creative ways to meet student needs and keep them engaged. The school makes use of nearby farmland to raise funds for books, desks and supplies. Top performing students are paired into tutoring circles with struggling students — an innovative technique that makes the most of just five classrooms and 13 teachers. And a female-only health and sanitation club for grades 5 – 8 empowers girls to stay in school, which delays marriage. During years of extreme teacher shortage, Principal Tadesse himself dons a second hat and teaches physics.
This year, a brand new school block will be built here. Clean, bright classrooms will relieve overcrowding and attract more students. In anticipation of the new facility, 33 students, including some previous dropouts, have already returned to school.
Principal Tadesse reflects on the change: “For 33 years this school has lived in terrible condition. The (not yet complete) block has inspired the community and students already. We are now excited to work together again.”