Abichikili High School
FGCF built Abichikili High School in 2016 in response to the desperate need for a high school in the South Achefer 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 and the poor quality of teaching. The school has been so successful that many new students have enrolled, to the point where a new four room classroom structure had to be built in 2019.
The greening program at Abichikili was implemented in 2018 and trees and plants are growing well. There has not been a WaSH workshop as yet, but it is planned for 2019. Teacher training workshops and follow-up are ongoing.
The reasons for the disproportionately high female failure rates that occurred prior to our intervention are being investigated and remedial action planned. All of the teachers, principals and supervisor attended teacher training workshops in 2018 and follow-up is ongoing. Getting water to the school has been a particular challenge because of the distance from the nearest source, however, in May 2019 we have finally managed to bring it into place.