School Resources

Spring 2024

This term’s recommended resource is What is important to me?

This resource gives learners the chance to think about and share what is really important to them. Those in KS1-2 will take a look at some beautiful artwork made by children in Ethiopia and learn about the cultural meaning of certain objects. Learners in KS3-4 will use this artwork to explore the idea of personal identity more deeply by looking at which objects are important to them and to children in their link school. All schools are invited to take part in this year’s Shared Learning Activity which is on the theme of My important objects.

“True belonging doesn’t require you to change who you are; it requires you to be who you are.” Brené Brown

Autumn 2023

This term’s recommended resource is Amharic language.

This resource introduces learners to one of the many languages spoken in Ethiopia, Amharic. We have created the presentations in such a way that a non-specialist teacher can teach the lessons and learn alongside their class. In KS1/2 they learn to greet people and think about how and why they might want to communicate with the children in their link school. The KS3/4 taster lesson also starts with greetings and moves on to how to introduce yourself. We also highlight some useful online resources for those who want to learn a bit more and learners are invited to create and share videos to send to their link schools.

A good conversation is always better than a good bed.” Ethiopian proverb

Summer 2023

This term’s recommended resource is Playground games and the right to play.

The KS1/2 resource uses children’s drawings to help your class discover traditional Ethiopian playground games. Children think about how and why they play and experience some new games for themselves. For KS3/4, we invite students to discuss and debate some of the barriers to children playing and whether their right to play is important. This resource asks students to make connections and see how children’s rights are met and not met in the UK/US and in Ethiopia.

“Children know where happiness comes from. Happiness is when their parents give them a hug or when they play with their friends.” Bruktawit Tigabu, co-creator of Tsehai Loves Learning, an Ethiopia children’s television programme.

Spring 2023

This term’s recommended resource is Music in Ethiopia.

These resources provide learners with a glimpse into the fascinating world of Ethiopian music and its history. KS1/2 focus on the unique traditional instruments and styles of music that are found in Ethiopia and KS3/4 go further by also looking at a modern take on a traditional genre in which these instruments are sampled into Grime tracks.

“Music-wise, Ethiopia always has been, and still is a very vibrant and inspiring place.” Mulatu Astatke, the ‘godfather of Ethiopian jazz’

Autumn 2022

This term’s recommended resource is about the history of religion in Ethiopia.

We are passionate about learners connecting with Ethiopian history so we are excited to introduce a series of lessons for KS3-4 authored by @Justice2History about the history of religion in Ethiopia. The lessons are enquiry-based and take learners through the rich and ancient history of Christianity in what is now modern-day Ethiopia. These take a different format to our usual resources.

In collaboration, Together We Learn has developed this classroom resource for KS1-2 which invites children to become historians and think about how we know about the past by looking at sources such as the rock-hewn Orthodox Christian churches of Lalibela.

“History is not about the past. History is something that allows you to have self respect and a reclaimed identity.” Zeinab Badawi, Sudanese-British journalist 

Summer 2022

This term’s recommended resource is Women’s Football.

This summer, children and young people are invited to reflect on the status of women’s professional sport as we welcome the UEFA Women’s EURO football tournament to our shores. There is a PHSE lesson for KS1/2 in which children design their own team shirt and explain how it reflects what is important to them. For KS3/4, students conduct research as part of a PHSE lesson into how women’s football looks in Ethiopia and in their own country and how gender discrimination affects both professional players and also influences their own choice of exercise.

“New talents are coming. Girls are playing football without shame, hoping that they will earn a good living in their future career ” Loza Abera, professional Ethiopian striker, nicknamed ‘the Goal Queen’, on women’s football.

Spring 2022

This term’s recommended resource is Friendly Cities – Addis Ababa.

This resource allows learners to take a glimpse at what home is like for many children and families in Ethiopia’s capital city. Ethiopia is undergoing rapid urbanisation and the World Bank predicts that the population of Addis Ababa will double in the next 10-15 years. A huge range of types of housing can be found in Ethiopia and this resource aims to inform learners about the reality of life in Addis Ababa while also challenging the received stereotypical view of Africa.

A house can’t be built for the rainy season that is past.” Ethiopian proverb

Autumn 2021

This term’s recommended resource is Christmas in Ethiopia.

This resource takes a look at how Orthodox Christians in Ethiopia celebrate Christmas (Gena in Amharic). Learners may be surprised to discover some of its unique traditions and they are encouraged to reflect on how these differ from their own. Thanks to the Ethiopian Julian calendar system, Christmas is actually celebrated in January and is followed twelve days afterwards by the festival of Timkat (Epiphany).

“For Ethiopian Christians, Christmas is an opportunity to pray and discuss the ways of overcoming the challenges the nation [Ethiopia] is facing. We are confident that our prayers will be answered.” Abune Mathias, Patriarch of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church

Presentation: Christmas in Ethiopia

Summer 2021 – Second Term

This term’s recommended resource is The Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony.

This resource focuses on the Ethiopian Coffee Ceremony – a significant part of Ethiopian culture and social life. The topic has been chosen to introduce pupils to an aspect of Ethiopian culture through practical learning and to teach pupils about the source and processing of a food, coffee, that is very familiar but about which little may be known.

“Coffee is our bread.” Ethiopian proverb

Summer 2021 – First Term

This term’s recommended resource is Biodiversity in Ethiopia.

The resource marks World Biodiversity Day and highlights the global crisis of biodiversity loss, focussing specifically on Ethiopia’s endangered animals. This topic has been chosen to help pupils in the UK learn about the importance of looking after nature and give them a wider knowledge of Ethiopian wildlife.

“Only when life is at its most varied, vigourous, biodiverse, can we hope to thrive.” David Attenborough, Our Planet.

Spring 2021

This term’s reccommended resource is Water Usage in the UK and Ethiopia.

The resource focuses on water availability and usage in everyday life, while also touching on the water cycle and how water is made fit for human usage in the UK.

Winter 2021

This term’s reccommended resource is Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus and the World Health Organistion.

The resource focuses on the World Health Organisation, currently headed by Ethiopian Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, and the importance of and challenges with delivering a united response to a global pandemic. This topic has been chosen to help pupils in the UK consider the different cultural contexts of healthcare and disease prevention.

“We welcome this demonstration of global solidarity, because solidarity is the rule of the game to defeat COVID-19.” Dr Tedros, Director-General of the World Health Organisation.  

Autumn 2020

This term’s recommended school resource is “Warm Food, Warm Friendships”: Food and harvest in Ethiopia

The resource focuses on food and how it is grown, produced, and consumed, including some Ethiopian classics! Food is more than just sustenance. Food production is indicative of the local ecosystem and health of the economy and trade. Food preparation and consumption can be social, spiritual, a source of cultural pride and bonding.

If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” Cesar Chavez

Together We Learn - Ethiopia