Building a library for Keleta High School

Construction has begun on Keleta High School's first library!

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The library provides a quiet study space to serve over 1,200 students.

Students can browse shelves filled with textbooks and supplemental materials to complete their lessons. An internet-equipped computer lab equipped will open doors to global educational resources for the community of Keleta. Preparatory students will have the resources they need to study for the mandatory national exam to attend university.

WEEMA is building Keleta High School Library following community efforts to expand the school to serve 11th and 12th grade.

WEEMA brings tablets to two new kindergartens

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On Monday, WEEMA began to implement our digital literacy project in two community-based kindergartens!

The schools selected for the digital literacy program, Hodo and Gaecha kindergartens in the Tembaro district, were built by the community to meet the needs of their children. Both were provided with tablets to serve a group of 240 kindergarten students who attend in two shifts.

The tablets function as an interactive workbook by supplementing lessons taught by the teacher. They are loaded with math, science, reading and art curriculum developed for each day of the school year.

Two students share each tablet and work together to complete the lesson or assignment. The photos reveal how this teaching method encourages peer-to-peer learning.

WEEMA is excited to bring innovative approaches to education, and can’t wait to see these kindergartners progress in their reading!
 

Listen to these rural farmers- they can see again!!

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WEEMA International won a "best practice" health award for its cataract work in Ethiopia.  WEEMA, with its partners Himalayan Cataract Project and the zonal health departments, has hosted 3 high volume cataract campaigns in Kembata-Tembaro and Haydia Zones and served over 2000 patients.  In recognition of this work, a large Ethiopia NGO association made a "best practice" film.  We clipped some of the patient stories to produce this short trailer (note, you will hear shifts in music in the background.)

Watch this sweet trailer below.

IF YOU WANT TO SEE THE FULL 18 MINUTE "BEST PRACTICE" SEGMENT, VIEW HERE.

Kembata-Tembaro Team Visits a Rehabilitation Center

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A WEEMA-sponsored team from Tembaro traveled south to Arba Minch to visit a rehabilitation center.   This trip was part of WEEMA's ongoing work to raise awareness, destigmatize, and include the voices of people living with disabilities as part of local political agenda.

The experience made quite a impression and renewed the commitment to address the rights of people with disabilities.

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