The Bale Out of School Children Initiative

Through the Bale Out of School Children Initiative, EAC and imagine1day International will provide access to quality primary education for 28,599 out of school children.

The Bale Out of School Children Initiative

The Bale Out of School Children Initiative strives to provide education for out of school children (OOSC) and create conditions to significantly reduce the dropout rate in the Bale Zone of Ethiopia’s Oromiya region. Specifically, the project aims to increase the primary school net enrolment rate in the Dello Mena and Meda Welabu districts from 52% to 87% by December 31, 2016. Objectives include reducing the number of OOSC; reducing the overall grade 1-8 dropout rate; improving the net enrolment gender parity index; and reducing the rate of late entries to primary school. Execution of this project will enable breakthroughs in the barriers currently preventing school age children in targeted districts in the Bale Zone from accessing their right to primary education. Through this project, Imagine1day is building community awareness and mobilization, inspiring attitudinal changes towards education, building capacity and coordination of district and zonal education offices through active Project Advisory Councils, increasing access through school construction and furniture provision, building the capacity of the PTAs on school management, and improving the quality of education through professional development of teachers and provision of supplies and other materials.

Strategies to create systemic lasting results are employed on this project by focusing on building the leadership and technical capacity of key stakeholders who will influence the long-term impact of the project. Given the fiscal decentralization from the federal level to the regional and district levels, and the decision making autonomy that rests with each of the country’s District Education Offices, they will implement the proposed project activities, at varying levels, across all schools within the two selected districts. This will increase the likelihood of continuity and sustainability of the project.

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EAC is partnering with imagine1day International to ensure children in Ethiopia receive a quality education. Together, EAC and imagine1day will increase education access to more than 60,000 out of school children in the regions of Oromia and Tigray.




Situated in East Africa, Ethiopia is vast, shares borders with six other countries and has a population of 84 million, the second highest on the continent. Annual population growth is estimated at 2.6 percent and children under the age of 15 are thought to total 33 million. The country has a federal system of governance and includes nine states and two city administrations. The government has made a concerted effort to link the education sector with macroeconomic policy to achieve the objective of arriving at middle-income country status by 2025.