Ethiopia Reopens schools

On March 16 this year, Ethiopia closed schools in a bid to protect the spread of COVID-19 and sent millions into homes. It was only last week that the first phase of a three phase reopening plan that the Ministry of Education announced in September, 2020, finally started.

The school reopening comes after the Government of Ethiopia launched a month-long nationwide campaign in August on a theme of “ምክንያት አልሆንም።” (no reason for coronavirus) as televised on Ethiopia Broadcasting Corporation. The objective of the campaign is to increase the testing of COVID-19 so that we know the trends of the pandemic. When Ethiopia Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed Ali talked to the public he said after the end of this campaign he would let us know when different aspects of life would reopen, and schools were one of those areas.

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Students standing in a queue in their school on the first day that Ethiopia opens school.


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Abdiaziz Ali Hussein

Writer, educationalist, award-winning campaigner and education advocate, and SDM best 2019 Contributor, mainly focused on Ethiopia and the HoA narratives.