Education is the key to development

Access to a good school education is still denied to many young Ethiopians. Children – particularly girls – must often assume arduous chores in everyday family routines at an early age and are occupied for hours with fetching water or gathering firewood.

The necessary infrastructure is lacking, particularly in rural areas. The schools are also located far from the home, so that children have to take a kilometre-long hike into account. If there is a school in the village, it is more often than not a dilapidated, dark hut made of straw, wood and mud. A secondary school education is rarely available in the rural regions. Parents are often unable to afford a school education for their children in the nearest town.

This is the old Primary School in the village Kelecha Jibat in our project region Dano. Menschen für Menschen is building a new school here.

New schools for children and adults

Schools are erected by Menschen für Menschen according to a proven, robust method that has prevailed over many decades. The new and old, still useable buildings also serve needs outside school hours, e.g. for agricultural courses or hygiene training. Literacy courses are also held here, and Ethiopia’s illiteracy rate of about 40% will soon be a thing of the past.

Learning in human conditions – on a bench and at a table. Not a foregone conclusion for all schoolchildren in Ethiopia.

Adult literacy in the village of Bido in Kebele Markafo, Borecha project area.

Our activities


Construction of new schools and renovation of existing schools
> Equipment of schools with furniture, books and teaching material
> Construction of vocational training centres
> Adult education to combat illiteracy

It’s so easy to help

literacy course

25 euros

pay a 10 month literacy course for 5 persons.

65 euros

will pay for a school bench and table for two children.


100 euros

will pay 50 reference books for a school library.

Further focal points of our work