USAID Awards Education Scholarships to support FreAddis Ethiopian Girls’ Program
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Press Release: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) announced today an award to FreAddis Ethiopia, a non-profit organization chaired by the First Lady of Ethiopia, Her Excellency W/o Azeb Mesfin. The award will provide scholarships to over 1,000 female students to enable them to attend grades 9-12. Speaking at an awards ceremony today with the First Lady, U.S. Ambassador Donald Booth stated, “The United States has been supporting secondary girls’ education in Ethiopia with the provision of over 6,000 grants through the Ambassador Girls Scholarship Program. This new grant from the American people to FreAddis will provide more girls an opportunity for quality secondary education.”
The more than $1 million grant will benefit academically high-performing girls in 96 disadvantaged areas of Amhara, Tigray, Afar and Benishangul-Gumuz Regional States. FreAddis hopes to eventually expand its reach and support to girls nationwide through funds donated by Ethiopians here and throughout the Diaspora.
The scholarship program provides students a modest stipend, tutorial support, and – in remote rural areas – safe access to schooling. The program also conducts parental and community awareness programs to promote and support girls’ education. USAID Mission Director Thomas Staal noted, “Without these scholarships, good students, who happen to be girls, would not be able to go to school. Keeping young girls in school longer better equips them to meet life’s challenges and benefits their families, their communities and, ultimately, the development of their country. USAID is building opportunities for a generation of women whose contributions are needed to speed the advancement of Ethiopia.”
USAID’s basic education activities place special emphasis on improving opportunities for girls, women and underserved and disadvantaged populations. Over the last two decades USAID has supported and continues to support Ministry of Education efforts to improve access and quality of education in Ethiopia, mainly in the areas of teacher training, curriculum development, provision of English textbooks and strengthening education planning and management and school levels. USAID also works to expand literacy, numeracy and other basic skills for adults and out-of-school youth and to involve communities in managing and supporting over 10,000 primary schools in every region of the country. USAID invests on average $25 million yearly in education.
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