EDUCATION

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! 

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!