Addis Ababa

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Since 2011, we’ve been working in Addis Ababa to encourage school attendance and inspire learning through football.

Despite having doubled its education budget in recent years, Ethiopia still has the world’s third largest out of school population. Poverty, conflict and a shortage of trained teachers mean that many children drop out of school before finishing their primary education.

Since 2011, Football Action has been working with the Hamle 19/67 school in Addis Ababa to encourage attendance in lessons and teach children holistic and social skills through football.

In tandem with the Premier League and Right to Play, we funded the construction of a new football pitch at the school, which is currently used by 1,600 students as well as local community sports groups.

Since then, we’ve employed a qualified local football coach, Muluken Abera, to lead after-school football sessions twice a week at the school.

One participant in the project is Rahimato, a twelve year old boy who studies at the Hamle 19/67 school. He lives with his parents who own a small shop. Before joining the after-school football sessions, Rahimato was disruptive at school and at home, and abusive to his classmates.

Football gradually helped him to learn skills in teamwork and taught him to follow instructions. As a result, Rahimato has started working in his parents shop and completing school assignments on time. He says: “I love the football sessions and my coach has helped me to change!

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