Ethiopian School System Essay

1674 Words May 4th, 2015 7 Pages
In 2000, the United Nations introduced the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) as part of the United Nations Millennium Declaration. The MDGs were established to attempt to improve overall well-being for as many people as possible, and targets issues such as poverty, starvation, and disease. This paper will focus on the development goal of achieving universal primary education, specifically focusing on the country of Ethiopia. Achieving universal primary education is important because it acts as a building block towards the development of counties as a whole. Primary education is not only a necessity, but a right to all individuals regardless of gender or class. Over the course of the last decade, Ethiopia has experienced vast improvements …show more content…
Furthermore, there existed many other problems hindering the accessibility of primary education for a large population of children. Another significant obstacle towards improving the school system in Ethiopia is the large amount of people that live in rural areas. As agriculture makes up almost half of Ethiopia’s economy, about 85% of Ethiopia’s population is spread out across vast farmlands (UNICEF). It is difficult for the Ethiopian government alone to provide enough schools that cover all of the rural areas. To help solve this problem, Save the Children got involved. Save the Children is a non-governmental organization that promotes the rights of children. The organization started programs that encouraged and assisted villages in rural areas to start community-based schools, with an ultimate goal of the rural schools being transferred to Ethiopia’s formal government system (US AID). Most farmers live within a reasonable distance from a village, thus the village community-based schools can cover a large portion of the rural populations. Ultimately, the implementation of these schools was successful. The success of these village community-based schools can be used as a model for other developing countries with rural populations: establish informal schools in rural villages, and then provide assistance and aid until the

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