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Ethiopia Tilahun

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  • Shimmer on a Cloudy Day: Reflections on IIE's HER Program

    By: Ethiopia Tilahun on Monday, August 22, 2016

    Three HER girls from Fitawrari celebrating their graduation

    “I sometimes was in doubt if I could realize my dreams but because of the support from the HER program there is no doubt for me now. I’m equipped with what I need to face the challenge I might face as a woman.” - HER Graduate

    The month of July is a rainy one for Ethiopia. For IIE and the graduates of the Higher Education Readiness (HER) program, however, the 28th of July stands out as a bright and remarkable day where we got together to celebrate 100 girls who successfully graduated from high school and the HER program. These graduates come from underserved communities and families, and the HER program assisted them with a pathway to university and a hope for their future.

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About the Author

Ethiopia is the Country Director of the Institute of International Education Ethiopia office. She obtained her B.A in Management and she is a prospective MA graduate in Sociology.

Ethiopia has been working with young people for the past sixteen years and has held various positions including Branch Manager at a youth-led organization that has been working in the area of leadership, Reproductive Health (RH) and HIV/AIDS.

Since 2009 she has worked for the Institute of International Education (IIE) in the Addis Ababa office. Initially, she managed a project called Ethiopian Women’s Leadership Program (EWLP), which focused on providing the tools for young women in Ethiopia to complete university and strengthen their educational outcome. Currently, she is the Country Director of IIE Ethiopia and manages IIE’s Higher Education Readiness (HER) Program, which is an initiative that provides opportunities for underserved, secondary school girls in Ethiopia to complete their high school education and continue to university.

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