Education means the earth: scholarships for secondary education in Ethiopia
In Simon's memory, I want to try and make a difference from an earlier age. To date we have been involved in providing funds for desks and windows in the Rira Primary School, in the Harenna Forest, Bale Mountain National Park, Ethiopia. Now, through donations to the Born Free Foundation, we have a mechanism to provide bursaries to enable some children to attend the secondary school outside of the park, something they would not usually be able to do. Just £500 will keep a pupil in the secondary school for a whole year, including fees, board and lodgings, and uniform. This will
provide individuals with the qualifications to pursue alternative livelihoods and reduce the pressure of settlement and degradation of the Harenna Forest, in particular. The wider benefits of this education has the potential to influence the well-being of their communities, and
the sustainability of their natural environment for generations to come. Something Simon would have cherished.
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