Education Matters, Ethiopia

More and more girls enroll nowadays in schools in Ethiopia but so many of them drop out before completing their education. This project supports girls to stay in school.

Its Overall Objective is to ensure that girls in North Shoa Zone in Amhara Regional State of Ethiopia attend and complete primary and secondary education by specifically addressing causes for early school leaving.


This project improves girls’ access to and retention in primary and secondary schools, in 10 communities in Amhara Region in Ethiopia.

The project’s focus is on understanding and mitigating barriers to girls’ schooling by introducing innovative interventions to combat school drop-out.

Teachers, social workers, parents and community leaders will receive training and together with the local communities they will design activities such as after school tutorial groups and psychosocial support for girls.


This project will  reach 2000 primary and secondary-school girls that are at high risk of school dropout. Indirectly the school-girls’ parents, siblings, extended family members, their teachers and selected community leaders will be reached.

This project is a joint effort by the Ethiopian ESD and Hiwot, and ICDI.

Facts and figures


Education for Sustainable Development (ESD)


Dioraphte Foundation

Project Manager

Rutger van Oudenhoven