education

Library Transformation at Boarding School for High Achieving Students

Students at Higa School smiling in the boys' dormitory 

Students at Higa School smiling in the boys' dormitory 

In the fall of 2017, Higa Model Boarding High School opened its doors to the highest achieving students from across the Kembata-Tembaro Zone. Higa Model was constructed to provide a rigorous 4 year academic experience for the best performing students to excel and pursue their dream of attending university.

WEEMA is honored to participate in this community effort by constructing the school's new library. Over the coming months, WEEMA will transform the room in the photo below into a top-notch facility for students, complete with computers, books and furniture. The school was founded and supported by "Gogotacare",  a local Kembata-Tembaro organization, and the campus was donated by the Zonal (State) government. This school and its students are the pride of the community and WEEMA is thrilled to be a part of its success. 

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Lesley University writes children's books for WEEMA!

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Students in the Lesley University School of Education teamed up to write books for children in Ethiopia.

Four teams each wrote and illustrated an original story, focusing on aspects of daily life familiar to children in Ethiopia. The books centered around themes ranging from coffee and birds to Vervet monkeys and enset (a plant native to Ethiopia and referred to as false banana).

Books will be printed in local languages and distributed to kindergartens and primary schools in 2018! 

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!