Phase I

Project Alpha

Early Childhood Education Program Study

Early Education Ethiopia is grounded in applied research to inform practice, policy and advocacy. As such, the objective for Project Alpha is designed to engage in deep program study, gather data, apply and integrate into practice.  In this phase, we will undertake two organizations: Fregenet Foundation serving as the urban model and Debo Ethiopia serving as the rural model.  

For the last fifteen years, Fregenet Foundation has been providing educational programs from preschool-fourth grade to children and families that come from underserved communities.  Currently, they have started the process of building a facility where they will double their capacity. We have chosen this school as the site to design our urban school model for early childhood education program development and expansion in Ethiopia.

Debo Ethiopia has been operating a variety of programs, including PreK and kindergarten schools outside of Addis Ababa. We have chosen Debo Ethiopia to serve as our rural model for early education program development as their work with children and families living in rural areas will provide us with a valuable insight on how to best meet children’s educational needs in remote places. 

Fregenet Foundation and Debo Ethiopia have opened their doors and given us access to gather the necessary information that will inform Project Alpha. The outcome of this study will guide our phase two-Project Beta including our PK-16 approach.


Project Alpha

  • Rural and Urban School Model

  • Fregenet Foundation

  • Debo Ethiopia


Project Beta

  • Build

  • Expand 

  • Rural
  • Urban 


Project Gamma

  • Workforce Development

  • Training

  • Education

  • Curriculum and Instruction


Project Delta

  • Evaluation

  • Assessment 

  • Outcome

  • Maintenance

Fregenet Foundation

The Fregenet Foundation is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization dedicated to creating educational opportunities for impoverished children. Our pilot school The Fregenet Kidan Lehitsanat school opened its doors in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, in the fall of 2004.

Debo Ethiopia

​Debo is a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded in 2005 to bring a diverse and comprehensive range of services to communities in rural Ethiopia, one village at a time. We work alongside the community and encourage their participation in the problem solving and decision-making process.