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Title: THE CONTRIBUTIONS OF MENSCHEN FUR MENSCHEN FOUNDATION IN INCREASING ACCESS TO PRIMARY EDUCATION IN ILLUBABOR ZONE
Authors: BEFEKADU, REDATE
Advisors: Tilahun Workineh (Dr.)
Copyright: Jun-2001
Date Added: 21-Nov-2012
Abstract: The main objective of this study was to investigate the contribution of MfM Foundation in increasing access to primary education in Iliubabor Zone. To conduct this study, a descriptive survey was employed. For this purpose samples were taken from 6 primary schools that were supported by MfM in 6 Weredas. The research study involved four categories of sample population: teachers, students, school principals, Zone Education Department, and Wereda Education Officials and MfM Office officials. Questionnaire, interview and personal observation were the main instruments used to collect the data. Besides to support the study, documents and reports in the MfM Office and Zone Education Department were consulted. Data analysis was made by using statistical tools such as percentage and t-test to identify whether there are differences and agreements in the judgment of the respondents regarding the questions posed on the activities performed by MfM education project. The results of the findings revealed that MfM has provided support to primary education in three major areas; construction of new schools, renovation and expansion of the existing ones. It was found that the community was involved in the education project carried out by MfM by contributing money, site selection for the schools constructed and in the protection of the projects during and after its foundation. In addition to this, it was observed from the findings that support provided to primary education in IIlubabor by MfM, alleviated the problems of about 11.4 per cent of the children of the community to get schools near to their villages, chairs and desks and school facilities. On the other hand, it was found out that the major complaint of the community about the out come of the project was, most of the schools constructed, and renovated by MfM do not have fence. Finally, based on the major findings and conclusions drawn, the following major recommendations were foryarded to meet the problem under the study. 11 1. The contribution of MfM in supporting primary education in IIlubabor since 1985 is commendable and the people of Iliubabor in general and the community around the schools supported by MfM in particular are really grateful. However, the assistance offered by MfM was mainly to the primary schools around MfM's development project areas in certain Weredas. It would be worthwhile if the remaining Weredas in Zone will be included in the MfM education project so that better enrolment might be observed. 2. The major community needs for primary education were addressed in the Weredas where MfM has provided support for primary education in the Zone. Besides children's participation rate was increased showing a positive result. But, the schools constructed need renovation from time to time, and with the increasing number of enrolment, additional classrooms and chairs and writing desks are required. To fulfill these educational requirements, expecting always support from MfM is not everlasting solution. Therefore, the schools, Wereda Education Offices, the community, the Zone Education Department and Oromia Education Bureau together should make a concerted effort in creating income generating activities, increasing community involvement, providing with financial and other school materials and facilities before things go worst. 3. The construction of schools should be based on school mapping, and their sustainability should be included in the written agreement signed between MfM and Zone Education Department.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3845
Appears in:Thesis - Educational Leadership & Management

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