“My name is Gosa Kubsa. I am the director of Gino Anno Primary School. The school was for students to attend. On top of that, the attitude of the community towards education – particularly girls’ education – was very poor. To this effect, girl students lack confidence and self-esteem. This project has created a strong need – particularly by the students and community – to ensure access to quality education, especially for girls. The community was very resistant to sending girls to school. Even if they sent them, it was up to a low grade level and then they would let them keep cattle and some married early. After training was given to the community and clubs established in the school, girls’ education has received special consideration.
Currently I am noticing a positive change in the daily and weekly reports of student attendance. In our school, the number of girls missing class to do chores has reduced as community awareness increases and girls start fighting for their right to education. Moreover, girls have started bringing back girls who dropped out due to marriage and economic problems.
Thanks to the Changemakers, the project has given girls great hope at the school and for the coming ones. With no doubt, this school will be a place where girls can exercise their full freedom and become models for girls in other schools.”