Link Community Development

Improving the quality of education in Africa

Link Community Development Ethiopia

Where we work

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About Link Community Development Ethiopia

In Ethiopia, Link has impacted the learning outcomes of 97,809 children in 164 elementary schools across Rural Wolaita. Elements of Link Community Development Ethiopia’s work which constitute recognised best practice include: our unique School Performance Review cycle; Gender Action Plans and Social Accountability Monitoring in schools; intensive language and literacy skills development with teachers and learners; and capacity building for parents, teachers, school managers and local education officials. Link Ethiopia’s biggest project is the DFID funded Girls’ Education Challenge programme that supports the attendance, retention and learning of over 62,000 girls in 123 schools. Our results show that literacy has improved by 300% and numeracy by 150%.
“Link has created awareness about a female being a mother, daughter, nation and a wife; teaching a female is teaching a community and a female can achieve anything if given a chance.” - Betheseada Enaso, 14, Ade Dawe School
“Link’s holistic approach aligns with government policy in Ethiopia and extends ownership to all levels of the community by working closely with government staff and local institutions. This supports sustainability and improves social accountability. Link, which is one of the most successful projects in terms of improving learning outcomes for girls, simultaneously decreased gender disparity, developed an increased interest in science amongst girls and improved attendance.” (GEC Thematic Papers, September 2016, p.18)

Key facts

Opened: 2007
Districts: Damot Sore, Damot Pulasa, Kindo Koisha and Damot Woide 
Schools: 164
Focus: Girls’ education; school improvement; language and literacy; social accountability; teacher development; pre-school support

Case Studies:



Improved Girls’ Learning in Rural Wolaita Zone

Women helping girls

The intended impact of this project is improved life chances for marginalised girls. At the end of this project 24,133 marginalised girls in rural Wolaita will be able to complete a full cycle of education and demonstrate improved learning. By ‘marginalised ‘, we mean economically deprived girls living in a remote rural area with high population density at risk of dropping out or non-completion of primary school. The project works directly with 56,683 marginalised girls and hopes to create an enabling environment for improved learner outcomes on a wide scale.

Language and Literacy in Rural Wolaita

Tutored girls

The ‘Language and Literacy in Rural Wolaita’ project will operate in 45 elementary schools in the impoverished Southern Nations and Nationalities Peoples Regional State (SNNPRS), where population growth has placed enormous pressure on land for subsistence farming as well as on all social service provision. Working in 45 schools across two marginalised, densely populated woredas (districts) of Wolaita, this project will reach 41,126 disadvantaged learners. The project delivery approach is distinctive through its support of local delivery structures and its emphasis on capacity-building, engagement and dissemination with community members and policy-makers.

Audio Visual Materials for Social Change

In early 2014, Link Community Development Ethiopia worked with partner agency Whizz Kids Workshop to develop local language audio-visual materials exploring the barriers girls face to attending and achieving in school. A group of girls from all the project target areas were selected to write the scripts and receive basic training in film production. The topics include domestic chores, early marriage, status of girls' education, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health and menstruation. The footage was shot on site in schools located in rural Wolaita Zone of south-western Ethiopia.

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