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In Ethiopia, education is poorly funded. Schools are very different to their western counterparts, where students have infrastructure and access to resources that many Ethiopian schools and students can only dream of.

The rehabilitation of the Gobley Area School in the Jijiga region was another of SWE’s community development projects which saw us directly involved in working with a local school to improve the structure, equipment and learning environment for the school.

Gobley School Rehab 800 500 c1The Gobley Area School had little or no structure left. The entire building required repair, it had no roof, windows or fence. The buildings were in disrepair and the lighting needed replacing.

Our construction team transformed the building, right down to ensuring the interior painting and fluorescent lighting was of a high standard and fully operational. We made it a functional and welcoming environment, conducive to learning and a school that the teachers, students and the community can be proud of.

Our management team, the local education authority and the school staff attended an inauguration ceremony where they inspected the new premises. School uniforms and stationery items were distributed. The ceremony provided an opportunity for the Government to acknowledge their gratitude towards SWE. We feel fortunate to have been part of such a worthwhile and rewarding project. We look forward to continuing our relationship with the school and seeing the results of the inspiring teachers and students who will work in this new space.