The Role of Compassion Ethiopia in Reducing Wastage in Primary Schools of Addis Ababa

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Addis Ababa University


The main objective of this study was to investigate the role of Compassion assisted projects in the effort to reduce dropout and repetition rates of primary schools of Addis Ababa. Descriptive survey method was used to conduct the study. The study was conducted in 5 projects selected from 5 clusters of projects in the city. The subjects of the study were 153 project beneficiary primary school students, 70 teachers of the students, 25 parents, 5 project directors and 5 kebele officials. Data were collected using questionnaire, interview, Focus Group discussion, observation and document analysis. The collected data were analyzed using statistical tools such as percentage, t-test, mean, one way 4\NOVA, Post Hoc test, and rank order. The study revealed that the projects are following intervention strategies such as the provision of nutrition support, health services, educational support, sanitary materials and counseling services as well as coverage of 'educational costs and awareness raising activities. The impact of the intervention differs from project to project based on the availability of project facilities which highly determine the effectiveness of their activities. Therefore, projects that are able to perform their activities effectively with the necessary facilities have made a considerable positive impact on the children with regard to school characteristics, academic performances and in reducing repetition and dropout rates. On the other hand, in those projects that are deprived of the necessary facilities that are crucial to their effective performance, the impact of the intervention is found to be lower than it could be. The attitude oJ the community towards the projects' role in reducing dropout and repetition rates differs among groups of respondents. While parents believe that the projects' role is very high, teachers and kebele officials hold that their role is high and low respectively. However the attitude of the community doesn't differ from project to project. [n general the projects are doing well in terms of health service, tutorial service and sanitary material provision while they are weaker in the provision of follow up and counseling services although there are differences among projects r The findings of the study were used to draw conclusions and forward recommendations.



Role of Compassion Ethiopia in Reducing Wastage