A holistic approach to education that improves overall quality of life in Ethiopia

The mission of Frances G Cosco Foundation (FGCF) is to improve the lives of disadvantaged people through quality education. FGCF follows a holistic approach to addressing the multiple barriers children and youth in poor communities face in accessing, and succeeding in, education. FGCF pursues a bottom up approach in project selection, requires communities to share costs of projects, and implements projects in partnership with target schools, local communities, education offices, academic institutions and other partners over 3-5 years. FGCF began operation in 2015 and to date applies its holistic approach in 13 schools in the Amhara National Regional State (ANRS) of Ethiopia.


Our Model


 community collaboration

Collaborating in choosing contractors, funding, and oversight of projects

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 Government collaboration

Government collaboration includes supplying teachers and textbooks, oversight, and workshop facilitation

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Project Initiatives



Building classrooms, science labs, libraries and admin buildings, as well as supplying furniture and books

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Teacher training

Facilitating workshops and exposure visits, and conducting three year follow-ups and mentorship programs

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School greening

Developing open air shaded classrooms, and facilitating fruit and vegetable gardening

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Water, sanitation and hygiene

Facilitating training workshops, and improving access to water at schools

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measurement and research

Running follow up achievement and well-being assessments

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