Abichikili High School
FGCF built Abichikili High School in 2016 in response to the desperate need for a high school in the South Acheffer Woreda. The woreda had 58 elementary schools serving 69,539 students, one general secondary school (Grades 9-10) and one comprehensive secondary school (Grades 9-12). The grade 9 and 10 classes averaged 75 and 66 students respectively, and grade 11 and 12 averaged 58 and 57 respectively; the two schools accounted for only 7% of the total student population. Many students were not able to attend because of distance to the schools, health related issues and having to work at home. Students who did attend, had very poor achievement results on national exams in the past few years, largely because of the overcrowded classrooms. At the opening of our new Abichikili High School, the head of the Regional Education Department stated that already 852 students had benefited from our project, and it is expected that 1,200 will in the second year.
Current stage description
The reasons for the disproportionately high female failure rates that occurred prior to our intervention are being investigated and remedial action planned. Getting water to the school has been a particular challenge because of the distance from the nearest source, however, we expect it to be in place by the fall of 2018.