In Ethiopia, illiteracy rates are high, especially for girls. Without the ability to read, write and do math, many children and families are trapped in a cycle of poverty. To break this cycle of poverty, Wide Horizons For Children implements Accelerated Learning For Africa (ALFA), an educational program pioneered by partner Geneva Global where children ages 9-14 who have never attended school are provided with full-time schooling with trained teachers.
Through the program, Wide Horizons For Children hires teachers and community leaders and arranges for donations of classrooms in existing government-run schools. Wide Horizons then works closely with local government officials to identify children who will most benefit from the program. Once accepted into the ALFA program, students are put in small classes, which guarantee more personalized attention, and participate in hands-on, activity-based learning.
ALFA is highly effective with 96% of children who graduate ALFA entering into mainstream schools and more than 85% continuing school after 12 months.
Key Facts About the Program
Year started: 2014
Number of children served in 2017: 3,000
Partners: Geneva Global
How You Can Help
Today many Ethiopian children are unable to attend school. With more support, Wide Horizons For Children can help more children by providing basic education and a better future.