ETHIOPIA READS

Those Who Read...Bloom!

aka Ethiopia Reads   |   Minneapolis, MN   |  http://www.ethiopiareads.org

Mission

Ethiopia Reads' mission is to develop a reading culture in Ethiopia by connecting children with books. We plant libraries for children, publish children's books in local Ethiopian languages and train teachers and librarians to nurture a love of reading and books.

Ruling year info

1999

Board Chair

Malcolm Clark

Main address

PO Box 50393

Minneapolis, MN 55405 USA

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EIN

94-3283038

NTEE code info

Printing, Publishing (A33)

Libraries, Library Science (B70)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The country of Ethiopia has approximately 50 million children under the age of 18 years old with virtually nothing to read outside of the classroom.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

School Libraries Development

Librarian training, local language books printing and distribution.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Ethiopia Reads is partnering with Ready Set Go Books, and supported by Open Hearts Big Dreams, who are creating a series of attractive, culturally-connected, illustrated story books which will be available to be published in multiple Ethiopia languages. Ethiopia Reads is printing and distributing more than 150,000 copies of 22 titles in at least three Ethiopian languages.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A shelf full of books does not create a reading culture by itself. Without the proper training, library managers and teachers often don’t have the comprehension and tools to make their schools successful. Within the Ethiopian education system, library managers show up in brand new libraries not having grown up with books and libraries, with little training or support. Having never had this role modeled for them, they are often confused about what their role should be and feel very alone and unappreciated.

Our goal is to nurture library managers with professional development seminars that promote sustainability. We want to help them become empowered to create a library that comes to life and makes an impact. For example, a simple lending system to get books in the hands of students or creating a calm, welcoming environment can dramatically improve literacy rates.

Ethiopia Reads’ professional development seminars arm library managers with the tools to be successful in a challenging environment. Through partnerships with major institutions like the Ministry of Education, the UN Economics Affairs Council Library and library managers from some of the most prestigious international schools in Addis Ababa, we are able to provide unmatched skills-training and education. And, because we continue to monitor and assess our libraries, we fine-tune our training sessions as specific needs become apparent.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Established in 2006, the Hawassa Reading Center (HRC) is our longest-running community library program. It is open from Monday to Friday from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm, and on most weekends. The young readers range widely in age, from 6 – 16, and the library is always busy with students free during different shifts in their class schedules and on weekends.

The librarians read story books for the younger children every Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. The result has been a continuing increase of library users over time and continuing improvement of reading culture. The library staff help the librarian by organizing books and maintaining order among the children using the library.

Hawassa Reading Center is a great addition to the ever-growing city.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Ethiopia Reads wants to be able to provide books for children to read, train teachers and librarians to engage young readers and publish and distribute books in native languages.

We train teachers and librarians using our own professional development curriculum which has been tested over the three years. We also engage partners in designing local language books for early readers. In addition to brick and mortar libraries, we are using mobile libraries.

We have a network of 80 libraries in Ethiopia to reach over a million children. Our Ethiopian staff members provide professional training opportunities for teachers and librarians in Ethiopia in the Amharic language. In March 2019, we are hosting the first ever Children’s Reading Summit and inviting over 150 attendees to meet, present, network and discuss issues relating to children literacy in Ethiopia.

We have trained over 500 administrators, librarians and teachers in Ethiopia. We have created a network of 80 children’s libraries in Ethiopia. We have held reading festivals. In 2018, we printed and distributed 22 titles in 5 native languages totaling 100,000 early reader books.

Financials

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ETHIOPIA READS

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Malcolm Clark

Frew Tibebu

Malcolm Clark

Matt Andrea

Laurie Curtis

Tida Violante

Laura Bond

Jeff Grier

Ann Porter

Mary Spor

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/03/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
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Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

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