Caroline Walker

Sounds Like Fun

An Update on our Early Years English Improvement Project Teaching English makes you think a lot about how words are spelt and how they sound. Words like tough, bough, cough and dough look similar but sound completely different. And starting from the other direction, words like sight and site sound the same but don’t look …

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Meet Muluyay

Sponsorship: Muluyay’s Story Muluyay was an ordinary girl who liked to play hide-and-seek. As she got older, she helped her mother with the housework; cleaning, cooking, doing the laundry, selling tella (local beer) and fetching water. She was a good student, in the top 10 of her class, and she liked to play volleyball. However, …

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Meet Abdu

Kindu Klub: Abdu’s Story When Abdu’s mother first came to Together We Learn for sponsorship support, the family was living in very bad conditions and they didn’t have enough to eat. This extreme poverty resulted in malnutrition, a lack of hygiene and little hope for a better life. Abdu weighed only 3 kilos at the …

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Providing Solutions for Dignified Periods

Girls in Ethiopia often lack access to sanitary products, information about periods, or even a private place to change. Cultural taboos around periods mean that it’s difficult for girls to learn about what menstruation is and how to manage it. Many schools don’t have gender separated toilets or a place for girls to change or …

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Meet Solomon

Sponsorship: Solomon’s Story Solomon and his brother Addisu were orphans living as street children when they first heard about Together We Learn. Both of Solomon’s parents had died when he was young. Solomon’s father was an army captain and died in the Ethiopian civil war. Solomon’s mother later died after a long illness, the exact …

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Andinet School

School Construction: Andinet School Silenat is a student at Andinet school. Silenat lives with her mother, her brother and her two sisters in a one room mud and wood house in a rural area on the outskirts of Gondar. Silenat’s father died when she was young so her mother supports the family working as a …

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Meet Selam

Football Teams: Selam’s Story Together We Learn supports girls to stay in school and, through education, gives them the skills they need in later life. Our girls’ football team gives girls a chance to take part in sports which were traditionally just seen as boys’ activities. The team is an important space for them to …

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Our Girls’ Football Team

Our Girls’ Football Team provides a space for girls to play, to improve their fitness, and to develop a peer support network. Girls have fewer opportunities than boys because of concerns for their safety and a greater responsibility for household chores. Our football team shows that girls thrive when given the same opportunities as boys. …

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Meet Tigist

Girls Education: Tigist’s Story In the Amhara region, more girls than boys enrol in primary school but throughout secondary school more female students drop out and, nationwide, only three in ten university students are female. One problem that holds girls back at school is periods. Girls who are from poor families in particular are unable …

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Meet Fenta

Teacher Training: Fenta’s Story In a national assessment, the Ethiopian Ministry of Education found that six in ten grade 4 students have a ‘below basic’ proficiency in English. This is a problem because when students move to secondary school, all lessons are taught in English. Many teachers themselves struggle with English as their second language …

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