Improving the Education and Wellbeing of Girls’ at Ambassel Woreda of Amhara Regional State Project
Integrated Family Service Organization has been implementing projects with in the city of Addis Ababa for the last more than 15 years. However, presently, the need to expand the geographical area of intervention from the part of the government, donors and the board of IFSO believed to be necessary.
Therefore, considering its reach experience of working with the vulnerable segment of the society, the management took a step in order to realize the interest of the partners and reaching the needy outside Addis Ababa.
Accordingly, a preliminary need assessment and a pilot project developed and accepted by a donor and government authorities of the targeted area to start implementation by the year 2011.
The project is entitled “Project Proposal on Community Mobilization and Child Wellbeing at Amibara Woreda of Afar Regional State” and has the following objectives:
By 2011, the wellbeing, care and education of orphan and vulnerable children living in Awash Arba town of Afar regional state improved
By 2011, the living condition and early child hood care and education of orphan and vulnerable children in Awash Arba town improved through strengthening the capacity of families and the community.
A preliminary needs assessment was also conducted at Ambassel woreda, one of the few food insecure woredas, of Amhara region during the reporting period. Based on the findings of this assessment, a concept note, entitled “Improving the Livelihood and Education of Girls at Ambassel woreda of Amhara regional State” is developed and submitted to three new donors, who accepted the project idea and showed interest for funding.
Target Groups: Orphan and Vulnerable Children Living in Awash Arba Town of Afar Regional State.
Target Areas: Awash Arba Town of Afar Regional State
Status of the Project: New
Drama and literature training
Training was conducted for children on acting and script writing. The objective of the training was to enhance children’s cognitive and communication skills. The child initiated activity was usually carried out during their break time and accordingly with their choice twenty one children participated in the training for forty eight contact hours and graduation was conducted on September 2, 2013. These children selected from the out skirt of Addis Ababa which is commonly called Gelan Gura and Kilinto sites of Akakai Kality Sub city. Out of twenty one students sixteen of them are females. The major topics covered on the training:
· Acting skill
· Script writing
In the training both the theatrical and practical approach was applied in learning process. During the graduation day children have staged a short drama which focuses on the problem of early marriage and all participants performed perfectly. Apart from this each trainee has presented short poem to the audience. Finally children were awarded certificate for the successful completion of the training.
It was learnt that the graduates will show dramas in new Ethiopian school academic year in their respective schools.
On the graduation day some trainees’ parents, representative of Woreda children, women and youth office and IFSO staff attended the event.
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