March 3, 2013

ARTICLES: Ethiopian orphans & teens give learning a chance throuh ‘kid inspired’ TV

(WNN) Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA, AFRICA: In an African country where HIV/AIDS orphans are a normal part of the landscape, one woman is working to create a new life for Ethiopian kids who live without their parents each day. Her work started as part of a grass roots-movement that began to use media, specifically television media, to reach children at all levels of Ethiopian society.

"Ethiopia counts one of the largest populations of orphans in the world: 13 per cent of children throughout the country are missing one or both parents. This represents an estimated 4.6 million children – 800,000 of whom were orphaned by HIV/AIDS," said United Nations agency UNICEF in 2006.

As an elementary school teacher working in Ethiopia's capital city of Addis Adaba in 2004, children's rights activist Bruktawit Tigabu had an idea that would revolutionize the way children, who often face life conditions without parents, can learn.

Using television as the medium for education in 2005, Tigabu began a program that began to work by reaching long-range goals to bring Ethiopia's orphaned kids more opportunity. How? – through pre-school education.

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