ONE Mom Christine Koh is traveling to Ethiopia with ONE this October. This piece, originally published on Boston Mamas, is part of our ongoing coverage of the trip.
This morning the ONE Momsjourney took us to the Mojo secondary and primary schools inMojo, Ethiopia. Both schools operate at ~1:45 teacher/student ratio and benefit from the UK Department for International Development (DFID)’s initiatives around basic services (e.g., sanitation) and education improvement (e.g., text books, teacher development). The on-site improvements (e.g., computers, books, lower student/teacher ratios — the secondary school used to operate at a 1:67 ratio) and quantitative results (e.g., in the past 5 years, the rate for passing university entrance exams has climbed from 60 to 89%) are remarkable and I wanted to share some audio and video with you.
Compared to the school systems many of us are privy to, Mojo has very little. But they’re making the most of what they have. Here are two things that struck me about the magic at Mojo, via sound clip:
I was particularly interested to see the secondary school’s reading building, which houses a small, one-room library. (I am looking into information on book donations…stay tuned.)
The primary school science room was small, yet replete with tools and demos to inspire scientific inquiry.
And I love this last clip: the teacher was using music to educate her class about the five senses. What can I say, it’s perfect for this former musician and scientist!
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I’m in Ethiopia at the kind invitation and expense of The ONE Campaign, a nonpartisan, advocacy organization dedicated to the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease, particularly in Africa. ONE works to convince governments (the US, as well as others) to invest in smart programs that help to eliminate poverty and preventable disease in a sustainable way. ONE never asks for your money, simply your voice.