The Contribution of Save the Children Norway toward the Realization of UPE: The Case of North Gonder Operational Area

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Addis ababa univeresty


The general objective of this study is to examine the contribution of Save the Children Norway toward the realization of UPE. The study employed mixed research approach which is dominantly of qualitative in nature. Seventy three (Male=52, F =21) respondents were participated in the study. Primary data was collected using FGD, semi structured interview and questionnaire. Desk review was also conducted to capture figures and educational statistics. Quantitative and qualitative data analysis techniques were used to analyze the data. The results of the qualitative and quantitative data showed that Save the Children has contributed to the efforts made for realizing UPE in Alefa, Chilga and Lay Armachiho Woreda of North Gonder Zone. In terms of access, Save the Children accounts for 32% of the entire accomplishments performed between the years 1999-2009 in these Woredas. The NER of primary school education in the studied zone improved from 32.1% to 81.9% within 10 years following the commencement of education projects by SCI during 1996. The study also revealed that the strong alignment of government and SCI program directions has contributed for the achievements shown at the Woredas. Regarding survival rate, however, the cohort analysis made upon the 2000 & 2001 E.C educational data of the selected Woreda illustrated that it‟s only less than 50% of the students completed first cycle of primary school. The study also identified the proportion of children that were kept away from the purview of education access. Majority of children with disability or that of orphans and/or from impoverished family has deprived of entertaining education opportunity. To overcome such deterring factors that affecting UPE realization, different propositions was suggested. Among others, the study recommends that the school enrollment strategies to be revisited so as to create an opportunity for disadvantaged children.