Education is the key driver for human development

Education is the key driver for human development

(UNESCO)
Our mission is simple: to use what we know about the power of education to transform lives and communities in one of the world's poorest places.

Northwood African Education Foundation was established in 2011 by parents, children and staff at Broomwood Hall, an independent school in south west London. 

The charity's aim was to build and run a new school for orphans and the most vulnerable children in Ethiopia, integrating the high standards of education the children in London enjoy with the best of the Ethiopian curriculum. 

Named after St George, the patron saint of both Ethiopia and England, St George's is an independent co-educational school that focuses its efforts on orphans and the most vulnerable children in Ethiopia.

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The charity's aim was to build and run a new school for orphans and the most vulnerable children in Ethiopia aged between 4 and 18, integrating the high standards of education the children in London enjoy with the best of the Ethiopian curriculum.

With the support of generous corporate and individual donors, we opened the doors of St George's School in Azezo, northern Ethiopia in 2014, offering a free, rounded education to help children who would not otherwise have had such a chance.

  

Our ambition is now  to build out St George's to secondary level, with 700 children aged 4 to 18 by 2022. 

With over 300 children now attending St George's, our aim is to keep both boys and girls in education to 18, with a higher than average number progressing to university. We support job entry and apprenticeships for others, offering a variety of practical vocational training opportunities. 

 

Academic results in 2018 were  four times better than the national average, and in a country where half of all children leave school by the age of eight, our retention rate over the 2017/18 academic year  is an extraordinary 100 per cent.

We have  also embarked on new programmes to demonstrate our potential to be a force for good across the local community, supporting jobs, promoting health and wellbeing and sharing facilities and expertise with  other local schools. 

At St George's School, our highly experienced Director of Education, a former headmistress with many years experience of Africa, leads a team of local staff who are tasked with providing an education that blends the very best of our London school with the Ethiopian curriculum.

Our teaching staff continually hone and develop their skills through ongoing support and additional training, which is also made available to teachers from other schools in the region.

We work closely with the Ethiopian government and the local community to build strong relationships that will ensure the sustainability and the success of the school in the long term. More than 50 local staff, both academic and ancillary, are currently employed at St George's, a number that is set to increase as the school grows.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world" Nelson Mandela

Our ambition is to expand the school to 700 children aged 5 to 18 by 2022.  We wish to inspire real and long term social change and act as a beacon of education across Ethiopia and Africa.

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Northwood African Education Foundation (NAEF) is registered with the UK Charities Commission Charity No. 1153346

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