Mt. Tulu Welel (10,900 ft.), Western Wollega, Ethiopia
The schools require community participation to sustain the schools after establishment. Each school has an adjacent school garden serving as a learning environment for the children and an instructional demonstration laboratory for the village. As is the practice at the RIVER schools in India, the school children and villagers will annually transplant seedlings grown in the gardens to reclaim deforested land in their village. Community development leaders at Dembi Dollo are especially eager for this aspect of the project.
EREP selected two villages each of which received a two-classroom school building. Each schoolroom will serve 35-40 students. Girls participate equitably. Children are the primary target group, but the schools also will offer instruction at night to adults with special encouragement to village women.
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