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Girls in eastern Ethiopia access literacy and vocational training for the first time

Ethiopia, November 30, 2010

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    Here is some of the equipment that Mercy Corps has provided to help create a computer and literacy class, giving poverty-stricken local girls the chance for education, jobs and a better future. Photo: Mercy Corps Ethiopia

In the city of Gode in eastern Ethiopia's Somali Regional State, Mercy Corps worked with a local vocational training center to set up a computer lab for local girls, in order to provide them with computer skills and literacy training.

Mercy Corps provided 11 computers, an LCD projector and screen, and voltage regulators to protect the equipment. The vocational training center provided a trainer and renovated a warehouse space to create a classroom. This was the first time that local girls had access to the Gode Rural Technology Promotion Centre — it had previously been an all-boys vocational training center.

The computer lab will teach girls basic skills such as literacy, numeracy and how to use Microsoft Excel so they are able to keep track of shop stock and budgets. These skills that will help them find work in Ethiopia's rapidly-growing business sector.

Mercy Corps is currently sponsoring 16 girls from very impoverished families to attend the computer and literacy class for six months.