Ethiopia

Country Profile

Located in the North-Eastern part of the African continent, Ethiopia occupies an area of approximately 1,127,127 square km. Ethiopia is a country rich in geographical diversity, consisting of rugged mountains, flat-topped plateaus, deep gorges, and river valleys. Ethiopia lies near the equator where maximum heat from the sun is received. Most regions experience almost equal day and night lengths. Ethiopia has four major seasons: Summer (June – August); Autumn (September – November); Winter (December – February) and Spring (March-May). The rainfall is largely concentrated during the summer months of June, July and August. Addis Ababa, Dire Dawa, Mek'ele, and Nazrēt are some of the major cities of the country.
Ethiopia's population is highly diverse. Most of its people speak a Semitic or Cushitic language. Although the Oromo, Amhara, and Tigreans account for more than three-quarters of the population, Ethiopia is home to more than 77 ethnic groups, each with its own language. From time immemorial, Ethiopia has been the home of many different religions, beliefs, and practices. The major religion in Ethiopia is Christianity, followed by Islam and Judaism. Despite these persuasions existing simultaneously, they have caused no notable effect on the country's social, cultural, and political life. Ethiopia's government is constituted as a federal parliamentary republic, in which the Prime Minister is the head of state. Parliament has legislative power, while the government exercises executive power. The Judiciary is generally independent of the executive and the legislature. The executive branch comprises of a president, Council of State, and Council of Ministers. Executive power resides with the prime minister. The judicial branch includes federal and regional courts. The country is divided into 10 ethnically based administrative regions, with two self-governing administrations: Addis Ababa and Dire Dawa.

POPULATION

118,290,702 as of Saturday, September 4, 2021

CAPITAL

Addis Ababa

CURRENCY

Birr

FUN FACT

Ethiopia had its origin in about 980 B.C., which makes it one of the oldest nations in the world

Our Efforts

Problems Observed

Though Ethiopia is a large country with a large population, it is also a country with a lot of poverty, which means that many children cannot afford to go to school. Even those who are able to go to school face the problem of a large wealth disparity. This means that the schools in the poorer areas do not get nearly as much funding as the schools (and other public buildings) in the wealthier areas. This is a problem because if children of lower-income areas do not get the same educational quality as that of children in wealthier areas, large socio-economic disparities are created in the future, trapping people into a cycle of poverty. Moreover, though gradually improving, most rural families cannot afford to send their children to school because parents believe that while their children are in school they cannot contribute to the household chores and income. Moreover, Ethiopia currently only spends 4.73% of its GDP on education. Together, girls and boys have a gross enrollment rate of 102% in primary education. This decreases to 44% in lower secondary, with a student transition rate to secondary school of 91%. Even though the primary net enrollment rate is 85%, the primary completion rate is merely 54%. Ethiopia’s adult literacy rate of 39 percent (2012), for example, is still one of the lowest in the world and far below the LDC average of 77 percent (in 2016, per UIS).



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Our Response

General Summary of our work:
Strive2Thrive Edu has partnered with an orphanage in Ethiopia to provide the education that children are not receiving from their schools. We teach English, Maths, Science, Microsoft Word and PowerPoint, coding, debate, and many other classes to these children, and they are progressing very quickly! We strive to provide the necessary academic resources for these children to grow positively and effectively. We believe that the donations, along with the tutoring, will help to create an atmosphere of active learning in comfortable environments in Ethiopia

Importance of our work section and some of the impacts:
By tying up with orphanages in Ethiopia, Strive2Thrive is providing free and quality education to children. With our donations, we are encouraging more parents to allow their children to pursue their academic dreams without constraint. Furthermore, we provide tutoring in a variety of subjects. These lessons, along with our donations, will give the students access to quality education

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United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDGs) Section:

 
 

Specific UN Goals: 1. No Poverty Description of what the goal is(write the target):

  • 17.16 ENHANCE THE GLOBAL PARTNERSHIP FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
  • 17.17 ENCOURAGE EFFECTIVE PARTNERSHIPS
TECHNOLOGY AND ECONOMIC RESOURCES How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive Edu has partnered with an orphanage in Ethiopia to provide the education that children are not receiving from their schools. By partnering effectively, we can assist underprivileged children by providing them with donations, lessons, etc. The work we do with these groups contributes to several Sustainable Development Goals. In addition to working with this organization and others in the future, we hope that the partnership will develop an environment that helps more students succeed.

Quality Education Description of what the goal is(write the target):

  • 4.1 FREE PRIMARY AND SECONDARY EDUCATION
  • 4.3 EQUAL ACCESS TO AFFORDABLE TECHNICAL, VOCATIONAL AND HIGHER EDUCATION
  • 4.4 INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE WITH RELEVANT SKILLS FOR FINANCIAL SUCCESS
  • 4.5 ELIMINATE ALL DISCRIMINATION IN EDUCATION
  • 4.7 EDUCATION FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT AND GLOBAL CITIZENSHIP
How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Strive2Thrive tutors teach multiple subjects in Ethiopia, such as Math and Science. In addition to these subjects, we also teach hard skills like coding, Microsoft Word, Excel, etc. By teaching these necessary skills to children in Ethiopia, our students are able to realize their passions and act upon their futures. We hope to provide our students with the resources they need to succeed in their academic futures. Strive2Thrive has partnered with an orphanage in order to do exactly this.

Description of what the goal is(write the target):

  • 10.1 REDUCE INCOME INEQUALITIES
  • 10.3 ENSURE EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES AND END DISCRIMINATION
  • How we are advancing it/how does our work relate: Here at Strive2Thrive, we aim to provide the necessary help students need to progress academically and socially. We can see their passion for education and academic fields growing, and are excited to bolster and fan the fire of their dreams. With an education, we can arm them with the tools they'll need to succeed in the future. Therefore, initiatives like ours reduce the wealth gaps that are prominent in Ethiopia.

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