In 2014, more than 1.7 million youth were attending higher education in 1312 TVETs and 33 universities. More than 3.5 million adults beneficial from the adult education program and 6.6 million are currently in the program. Proportion of girls enrolled in primary and secondary education has exceeded 45% in 2014 as a direct result of the GoE’s policy to empower women through enhancing girls’ education. Nonetheless, the enrollment rate among children with disabilities is below 5%.
The country’s vision with regard to education and training is “building an education and training system which assures quality and equity in education by the year 2019/20 which aims at producing competent citizens”. Thus, the major priorities of the education and training sector during the period of GTPII include the following:
MCMDO had implemented 17 projects under this thematic area in different regions. It had built schools, libraries, kindergartens, primary schools and youth and ICT centers. On the other hand different supplementary reading materials, reference materials, laboratory equipment, playground/materials, teaching aid, mini media equipment and other related inputs were provided to schools in different times.
To increase the access and quality of education MCMDO aimed at improving the access and quality of education for the most hard to reach and disadvantaged groups, through construction of kindergarten, upgrade/extension of elementary schools, youth centers, and sponsorship of educational materials and one to one sponsorship for school enrollment of children.
Since its establishment, MCMDO has completed 130 projects and 33 projects are currently under implementation. MCMDO works in all regions in Ethiopia. For the last 22 years of service, MCMDO has reached and benefited more than seven million beneficiaries.
The projects fall under the nine prime thematic areas of MCMDO i.e. health, education, women empowerment, climate change and environmental protection, WaSH, nutrition, food security & livelihoods, Human Rights & Democracy and Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation.
In all its implementation areas, MCMDO works closely with the relevant government offices at all levels; i.e. at federal, regional woreda and Kebele levels.
MCMDO’s head office is located in Addis Ababa and has 20 branch/coordination offices in Ethiopian Somali, Gambella, Addis Ababa, Amhara, Oromia, Tigray, Dire Dawa, Harar, Afar, SNNP and Benishangul Gumuz regions. The organization has 358 devoted and experienced permanent and project staffs. The staff qualification ranges from MA to Diploma. Logistics wise, the organization has ten 14-wheel drive vehicles, one tractor and 24 motor cycles used to implement project activities. It has also a well-organized and structured system that facilitates the day to day activities of the organization.
Ethiopia has successfully achieved six of the eight MDGs. Even for the other two lagging MDGs (MDG 3 on ensuring gender equality and empowering women, and MDG 5 on improving maternal health), significant progress has been observed. Ethiopia is now strategically planning for the Sustainable Development Goals, laying the foundation for achieving middle income status, strengthening export performance through improved competitiveness and overcoming constraints in the manufacturing sector.
Trends in access to basic health services and health gains have also shown dramatic improvements over the last 10 years. Life expectancy, a key component of the HDI, has increased for both men and women (National HDR Report 2015). About 80% of diseases are attributable to preventable conditions that are related to personal and environmental hygiene, infectious diseases and malnutrition1. It is reported that up to 60% of the current disease burden in Ethiopia is attributable to poor sanitation where 15% of total deaths are from diarrhoea, mainly among the large population of children under five. Based on revised data from the National Water Sanitation and Health Inventory, national potable water supply coverage increased