Addis Starts Renovating 488 Schools with Volunteers’ Help

ADDIS ABABA – Officials in Addis Ababa city administration say 488 schools will be renewed in two-month time with the support of summer season volunteers.

The city administration officially launched the summer season voluntary service program under the theme “My Gift for Addis” on Saturday.

On Monday, Deputy Mayor of the capital Takele Umma and minister of health Amir Aman (MD) joined volunteers engaged in repairing works of Tikur Anbessa secondary, which launched the school renovation program.

“When we renovating our school, we also renewing our heart and soul,” Eng. Takele Umma told participants of the program at the school.

Microenterprises will have a big say in refurbishing school materials while many voluntaries investing their time and energy in the process.

In a two-month time, the administration plans to renovate 448 schools and 1,000 old houses as well as to plant more than 20,000 seedlings in this rainy season.

The deputy mayor expressed his appreciation for Addis Ababa young voluntaries for taking part in the program”.

Thousands are also participating in collecting exercise books to be used by children living in poverty in the coming academic year.

Volunteers have so far given 3.2 exercise books. But the need is around 7.2 million, according to the administration.

Schools are appreciating the program. Ashenafi Fanta, a teacher at Tikur Anbessa, described the situation at his school as challenging for students.

“We hope the school materials we’re getting and the ongoing renovation will improve the teaching-learning process next year,” the teacher said.

Both students and teachers of the school are currently involved in the refurbishing process of the school.

Ministry of Health has also pledged to improve water and sanitation service access in school facilities.

Education and health sectors are two sides of the same coin, said Amir Aman (MD), Minister of health.

“We will work together with this program and help improve the sanitation services of the schools” that will be a subject of the ongoing renovation effort, Dr. Amir said.

Every 22 million students need to get access to water and sanitation facilities, according to Amir.

Ministry of health will make sure these students get access to every school in Ethiopia within one year, he said, after pledging to contribute one million exercise books for Addis Abeba students.

By Mhret G/Kristos