We aim to assist communities to develop their educational institutions and to ensure that everyone can access education, with emphasis on literacy, health and nutrition.


Current Projects

In June 2014 EEL started with support from UK AID (DfID) a 3 year inclusive education project aimed at supporting children with disabilities to access schools. Our local partner, Nekemte Rehabilitation for People with Disabilities, will be working with 150 schools over the 3 years to provide training to teachers, set up disability clubs in the schools and facilitate surgery and mobility devices for children to enable them to access school. In addition cluster resource centres will be set up to enable schools to borrow assistive devices. We will keep you updated with this exciting new project.

In 2015 we were fortunate to be awarded a grant from Comic Relief for a three year project to establish libraries & reading centres in 75 schools, and to provide training for the teachers and librarians. During the first year our project manager and team in Nekemte worked with 27 schools in Nekemte town and the rural area of Wayu Tuka. We are now in the second year of the project and have added 15 more schools in the rural areas of Diga and Wayu Tuka. The objective of the project is to improve literacy levels leading to access to wider opportunities in life. Part of the project aims to create an attitudinal change to disability. Information about disability is provided through stories in mini books made for the project. The mini books are made by students with hearing difficulties, giving them an opportunity for a little income. We have not been able to cover as many schools as first intended - maybe 75 was too ambitious. We are currently starting the 3rd year and have added 10 more schools to the project. By December 2018 52 schools will have a functionning reading centre and library and all teachers and librarians will have received training. Again we will keep you updated with this project.


  • - Support for Primary school buildings; provision of school desks, library furniture and funds to support the development of primary schools by the local community, initially in Hareto, and in Nekemte and surrounding rural area.
  • - Science Equipment for Schools.
  • - Nekemte School Libraries Project – Initiating and fostering the development of school libraries (furniture and books) in Primary Schools where previously there were none. All the earlier funding was directly from Exeter-Ethiopia Link, but since 2012 this project has been supported by UK Trusts with grants totalling £20,000.  
  • - Instigating the School Libraries Award Scheme and training primary school librarians in good practice ensuring good use of the library. Funding community librarians for some rural school
  • - Supporting the setting up and resourcing of reading rooms for grade 1 – 4 children in primary schools, and training teachers to use these centres. 
  • - Nekemte area Early Learning Project – supporting the education of children below the age of 6, where previously there was none. Also supported with over £3000 from grant-making trusts, and now being developed further through a link between Plymouth University and Nekemte Teacher Training College. Development of playgrounds for Early Learning using local resources.
  • - Initiating and supporting 14 partnership links between schools in Devon and schools in the Nekemte area.  
  • - Setting up and resourcing a Cluster Training Centre. Employment of Ethiopian Education Manager through DASSC to manage EEL Education Projects.
  • - Supporting the development of two centres for learning disabled children, including the introduction of vocational training.

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