Helping Children Go to School for the First Time

In Ethiopia, illiteracy rates are high, especially for girls. Without the ability to read, write and do math, many children and families remain trapped in poverty. To break this cycle, Wide Horizons For Children implements Accelerated Learning For Africa (ALFA), an educational program pioneered by partner Geneva Global.

Nearly 1,500 Ethiopian children, ages 9-14 who have never been to school, get hands-on, activity-based learning with fully trained teachers. After one intensive year in the program, they can enter into the regular school system.

Providing an Education and a Future

Through the program, Wide Horizons For Children hires teachers and community leaders and arranges for donations of classrooms in existing government-run schools. We work closely with local government officials to identify children who will most benefit from the program. Once accepted into the ALFA program, students are put in small classes, which guarantee more personalized attention.

The program has been highly effective with 96% of children who graduate ALFA entering into mainstream schools and more than 85% continuing school after 12 months.