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This project was focused on improving the wellbeing and learning opportunities for the most marginalised children from Amhara in the northern highlands of Ethiopia, by supporting parents and guardians to act to improve the development of children 0-8 years. A key component of this project is a Donkey Mobile Library, which aims to achieve improved learning opportunities and open the imaginations of hundreds of children.
Similar to mobile libraries common in Australia, the Donkey Mobile Library addresses the urgent need for books in rural Ethiopia. The donkey-pulled cart holds a treasure trove of books, has space to store stools for seating, and contains a special compartment for food for the donkey. When the library visits a school, it’s parked under a big tree, and enough stools are placed in the shade for up to 200 children to sit.
Strong progress has been achieved by parents and guardians taking action to improve the development of their children, shown by observed changes in parenting practice such as: improved hygiene practices, providing a more balanced diet, making homemade toys for stimulating children, and accompanying children to Early Learning Centers.
Some key program successes are:
In addition to the above stats;
As this is the final year of funding, Plan International has worked to ensure that this project is sustainable at the grassroots level. This is achieved through promoting peer leadership, examples of positive parenting behaviour change, social networking and wider community sharing of lessons learnt.