Analysis of Alternative Basic Education (ABE) Intervention By The Organization For Prevention, Rehabilitation And Integration of Female Street Children (Oprifs)

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Addis Ababauniversity


purpose of the study is to analyze the extent of ABE program access to female street children under the intervention of indigenous local NGO named OPRIFS. Therefore, the analysis was made in the light of the government policy intention to provide Universal Basic Education (UBE) by the year 2015. The main research questions addressed the extent of educational access created, quality of education de livered- mainly its relevance to the needs of the beneficiaries, efficiency of the program and level of community participation for the impact analysis. The case study was conducted in two ABE centers in Arada Sub City of Addis Ababa where OPRIFS is conducting its program. Thus, center facilitators, program coordinators, beneficiary students, Kebele Education Desk Officers, Education Supervisors, children's parents and parent committee members were included as respondents. Data were collected from these respondents using questionnaire, interview, focus group discussion guides and observation checklists. From among 74 respondents 60 of them were female street children found in the ABE centers who were selected on the basis of random sampling. The remaining were program coordinators, facilitators, and education desk officials, in Kebele and Sub-city office of Arada. All the respondents had filled and returned the questionnaire to the researcher. Then the quantitative data that involve frequency counting were coded and processed using SPSS. The qualitative data is analyzed with an in depth examination of related documents, interview, FGD and observation check list summarized along key concepts corresponding to the main research questions. The findings of the study revealed that there is problem of confidence about the ABE nature within OPRIFS that helps students to finish the first level primary in three years program, lack of coordinated intervention in ABE project by establishing GO-NGO partnership, problem of insufficient community participation in school management and utilize community resources that insures program sustainability. Therefore, it is concluded that OPRIFS intervention in the ABE program had created an opportunity to this local NGO to contribute its share in opening a limited access to the marginalized female street children in the capital Addis Ababa. Thus, depending on the results of the findings the researcher recommends that due attention need to be given to mobilize the community, design strategies that could enable to utilize community resources, strengthening partnership with a/l stakeholders, exploring possible means that provides more access to female street children, share experiences from other NGOs and reevaluate the three years ABE's program that helps to complete the first cycle primary in light of ABE nature of flexibility and cost effectiveness



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