Education and Livelihood for Girls and Women (ELGW), Tulla sub city, Hawassa, southern Ethiopia
When girls and disabled children cannot go to school or they drop out of school, what can become of their lives? Girls are vulnerable because of persisting traditional views about the usefulness of educating them, and disabled children are excluded just because of their disability. DDP’s 5 year programme with local partner Berhan Lehetsanat was started in September 2010 to address these issues in the 12 kebeles of Tulla sub city, part of Hawassa city administration in southern Ethiopia. The project started with building a dedicated local ELGW team, engagement with local authorities and a base line survey of all 13,000 households in the project area.
Local and education authorities, parents and community leaders have been continuously engaged in ‘community conversations’ and have taken practical action to address the causes of inequality of opportunity in education for girls and disabled children. The ELGW team has been raising awareness of these issues and challenging long held beliefs and practices that are preventing girls and disabled children from achieving their full potential. Rehabilitation services for disabled children and livelihood opportunities for their parents have been a crucial part of getting everybody involved and included. Over 600 young women and mothers who have totally missed out on education now benefit from informal classes in literacy, numeracy and health issues. The team has also supported a number of co-operatives where women save money and borrow capital to set up their own small businesses.
Harmful Traditional Practices survey report-to be published shortly