Ambo town comprising of Guder and Meti communities in Ethiopia are among the project areas of keeping girls in school in Africa. In a quest to identify and address challenges relating to girls education, town hall meetings was organized by the KGIS network in separate events in the month of July 2021, where both communities brought together stakeholders to advance the issue of girls’ education in their respective communities.
Similarly, it was identified that one of the recurring reasons for girls dropping out of school is economic challenges. In the fora, community members were able to find a lasting solution to the issues, among which includes, the establishment of a Keeping Girls in School trust fund to assist such girls.
In a swift response, prominent religious and community elders are delegated to open a bank account on behalf of the community, to mobilize and maintain a resource for girls’ education. The leaders have embarked on soliciting resources using various faith platforms to identify and enrol girls from indigent families. This initiative is found to be very effective in sustaining the project.