Phase I

Project Alpha

Project Alpha: Shimmbit Elementary KG Program

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 undertook an existing pre-primary program to implement our phase 1- Project Alpha. Shimbit Elementary is located in Bahir Dar, Ethiopia, and serves families that come from under-served communities. Prior to starting any implementation, we engaged all stakeholders in various discussion, trainings and meetings to understand the challenges and needs. Using this information, we were able to redesign a current KG or preschool classroom and create an outside play-learning environment.

Newsletter: Project Alpha News

“Before this training, I was the only one talking when my children did something wrong, but now I know better, I have to listen to them too” Parent participant (May, 2021).

Championing Children’s Agenda in Ethiopia

Conferences: Feb. 2021, Early Childhood Education Ethiopia held a two-part conference focused on promoting agendas related to children’s care, development, and education. 

 Topic: Ethiopia in Ten Years: Investing in Child-Centered Policies to Secure an Inclusive Tomorrow. A Two-Part Symposium 

Training: May 2021, A country-wide training focused on topics related to children’s development, health, language, instruction, and much more was organized and conducted by Early Childhood Education Ethiopia in collaboration with five universities across the country. Addis Ababa University, Kotebe Education University, Hawassa University, Debre Tabor University, and the University of Gondar were participants with many of the faculty members providing the training. Attended by teachers, faculty members, principals, and teachers, this training provided context and advancing information for many in the audience. 

 

Early Childhood Education Ethiopia Program Study

As an organization, we believe in data collection and evidence-based practice to inform outcomes. As such, prior to starting engagement at any level with programs, agencies, institutions, and ECE centers, we begin with a study. These studies are carefully formulated to understand needs, assess collaboration capacity, and exchange information to support the process before initiating any project.

 It matters beyond fit and compatibility that our organization can deliver without compromising the mission and vision of Early Childhood Education Ethiopia. We are outcome-driven by centralizing the needs of children first and foremost, including women and families. We fully understand our investment in discussions, surveys, and assessment tools employed and applied by ECEE brings us closer to the work we have set out to do.  

Everything starts with a common understanding, we are here to improve the lives of children by creating partnership and collaboration that moves this agenda forward. Through consistent communication, transparency, and pre-during-post data collection, we will inform the practice ahead.