Strategic partner

In Ethiopia Edukans and Development Expertise Center (DEC) are strategic partners within the Edukans Group. DEC and Edukans have offices in Addis Ababa, Afar, Nekemte, Bahir Dar, and Garbaguracha. Both organisations focus on the implementation of products within the strategic programs: work, gender, emergencies and quality education.

Edukans Team

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    • Gezahegn Lamessa
      • Country Representative, Edukans Ethiopia
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    • Tezeta Mareligne
      • Manager Finance and Administration, Edukans Ethiopia

Ambitions 2020 Ethiopia

  • 1,200 certified STAR schools
  • among them at least 240 schools support comprehensive sexuality education
  • yearly successful Edukans exchanges: World Teacher


STAR-School Model

STAR-School Model in Ethiopia is a proved approach to school improvement program in improving students’ academic achievement especially at primary school level. The project is designed to improve the overall school situation by improving the school environment, the teaching & learning methods, capacitating the school management and mobilizing community participation.  The general objective of star-school model is to improve students’ academic achievement in 42 primary schools through school improvement program.

Support Early Child Education (SELE)

Support Early Child Education (SELE) promotes school improvement program through improving learning environment, enhancing teaching & learning methods, capacitating the school management, Facilitators and mobilizing community participation. The overall goal of the project is to contribute for the improvement improved children from birth to 8 years old wellbeing in targeted communities through effective and holistic ECCD supports. The project also designed to contribute for physical, cognitive, social, and emotional and language skills development of children. To make it so, SELE pays attention for children participation, capacitating facilitators/teachers and School management teams to attain the intended outcome with partners at all levels. The project is being implemented in Amhara, Oromia national regional state, 8 districts and Bole Sub City of Addis Ababa City administration. The project benefits children, parents from 40 targeted O-grade level schools.

Building Self-Reliance for Refugees and Vulnerable Host Communities by Improved Sustainable Basic Services Delivery (BSRP)

BSRP Afar has been developed by EDUKANS with its strategic national partner, Development Expertise Center, with close technical guidance & support of UNICEF as well as with combined expertise and tools in order to strengthen targeted schools in terms of creating access to conducive school environment that promotes quality education for both refugee and hosting community children through the involvement of relevant educational and administrative stakeholders (i.e. Federal MoE, Afar REB, ARRA, UNHCR, District Education Offices, Teachers, CTEs, PTSA, Hosting & Refugee Communities, etc.), improving teachers capacity in delivering quality teaching, advocating and lobbying for inclusive refugee education into the national education system. The program is granted by UNICEF within the framework of the BSRP program, funded by the Department for International Development (DFID).

For every child a future

Edukans Foundation with its local strategic partner DEC, has been implementing education in emergency program in Afar region for Eritrean refugee and community living around the camp since 2017. The project, for Every Child a Future, (2017-2019) aimed at promoting and developing the right of every child to enjoy access to quality education through an integrated program for refugee and host community schools. Originally, the project has started in one refugee and 4 hosting community schools located in Aysaita district and then expanded to other refugee hosting district of Berhalle encompassing additional 05 hosting community and 01 refugee school. Overall, the project reaches 11 schools (02 refugee) 6,850 students (3,095 girls) and 360 primary school teachers.

Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

Among various development interventions which are being funded by Edukans Foundations in Ethiopia and implemented by DEC, Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) is the newly emerging one since March 2018. Realizing the Ethiopian school curriculum lacks the social and emotional learning aspects of children’s development, Edukans in collaboration with DEC designed & tested SEL for students in grade 5-8 to get ten lessons as co-curricular activities through establishing SEL clubs in 10 schools found in Oromia, Afar and Addis Ababa city Administration. SEL centers on ‘teaching the whole child’, focusing five interrelated competencies: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making. Interestingly, the pilot produced promising results in terms of boosting children’s self-awareness, emotional management of theirs and others. Currently the project expanded to 11 schools in Afar and benefiting more than thousand children.

Sexual and Reproductive Health – ‘Meharabe’

Sexual and reproductive health education is another project funded by Edukans to DEC which is being undertaken in Afar region both in 8 hosting community and 02 refugee schools in Aysaita and Berhalle. In most part of Ethiopia in general and Afar region in particular talking about sexuality and reproductive issues are taboo and highly discouraged.  As result adolescents and young people lack proper knowledge and have serious misconceptions, beliefs and wrong informations about their sexuality and reproductive health aspects of life. All these bring serious challenges and vulnerability to various social, health, economic, emotional and physical complications and their later life especially for girls.


Stemming Irregular Migration in Northern and Central Ethiopia (SINCE)

SINCE Amhara project has been developed by a consortium of Dutch, Italian and Ethiopian actors combing expertise in strengthening TVETs, enhancing training and employment services, decent work knowledge, management/sector development and strengthening Public Private Partnerships.This project is granted by the Embassy of Italy in Ethiopia within the framework of SINCE Programme, funded by the European Union Trust Fund for Africa.

Overall Objective

The overall objective of Linking and up scaling for Employment Action is to reduce irregular migration by improving the living conditions of the most vulnerable population, including potential migrants, and returnees with specific focus on youth and women

Expected Results

  1. Improved access of youth and women to quality TVET training and decent employment opportunities;
  2. Improved capacity of textile/garment, metal, and construction clusters to create additional decent job opportunities.

Implementation Strategy

  1. Strengthening public-private partnership between companies/SMEs, public institution and TVETs;
  2. Strengthening the capacity of public and NGO TVET to provide quality and market-oriented skill trainings;
  3. Reinforcing management capacity of SMEs in the identifies clusters;
  4. Improving vertical and horizontal market linkage;
  5. Promotion of decent work agenda;
  6. Establishing a model public employment centers.

Beneficiaries of the Action

  1. 1500 unemployed youth and women including returnees will be provided with quality TVET education and supported to find decent employment
  2. 5 public and 1 NGO TVET will be supported to provide quality and market oriented skill trainings
  3. 30 SMEs in the targeted districts will be supported to create additional employment opportunities

Implementation Area and priority sectors

The project is implemented in Amhara National Regional State: North Wollo zone (Raya Kobo, Woldya districts), South Wollo zone (Dessie, Kalu and Kombolcha), and Oromia Special Zone (Kemissie). Regarding priority sectors of intervention, the project will focus on the textile/garment, metal and construction sectors based on the findings of the inception phase report developed by UNIDO and ILO