Dr Getnet Elementary School
Getnet Elementary School is a new school that officially opened in October 2016. Prior to that there was only one elementary school (Grades: 1-8) in the town serving 2,329 children. A high dropout rate and delayed enrollment were common. Out of the 346 students enrolled in grade 1 in September 2014, for example, 27.7% were over 7 years old. While achievement was poor on standard exams at that time, our intervention seems to have been very successful, with the new school ranking first in academic achievement on the regional standard tests in 2017, one grade 3 student achieving the highest marks overall.
Water pipes are currently being installed that will connect the school to the water source in the nearby town of Azena.
In 2017 we began the greening program, planting about 900 seedlings to provide canopies for outdoor classrooms as well as natural fences for the property. These should be mature enough to be functional in about three years. We also planted numerous fruit trees that will ultimately provide a source of revenue as well as food for the school and the community. All of the seedlings were provided by the Bahir Dar University, which also provided the technical expertise as to what types of plants should be planted and where.