Education for children, adolescents and adults

A lot of children in Ethiopia have no full education because many of them can still not attend age-appropriate schools. Often, children – particularly girls – have to accept responsibility in their family’s daily routine at an early age, and spend several hours each day fetching water or collecting firewood. Usually schools are far from their homes, so that the walk to school turns into a march of several kilometres.


When there is a school in the village, it is often a dark, run-down hut made of straw and mud. A lot of times, there is a total lack of secondary schools in rural regions, and parents cannot afford to send their children to the nearest town for education. And yet education is the key to the development of entire regions. Almost half of Ethiopia’s population is younger than 16. We want them to have the chance for a better future by improving educational opportunities in rural regions.

That is why we implement the following educational measures, amongst others:

  • Construction of new schools and renovation of existing schools
  • Equipment of schools with school furniture, books and teaching material
  • English courses for teachers
  • Adult education for men and women to combat illiteracy

Menschen für Menschen schools are built following a proven, solid construction method lasting many decades. New and, still usable, old buildings are also used outside school hours: for example, for the implementation of agricultural courses or hygiene trainings. Literacy courses take place to make Ethiopia’s illiteracy rate of 60% a thing of the past.


Menschen für Menschen schools are built following a proven, solid construction method, so that buildings last as long as possible. The TÜV (Technical Inspection Association) confirms this with the highest rating of “GOOD”. Find out more about the construction of our schools >>