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  • Second Inspirational Speaker Meets with HER Girls to Provide Perspective

    By: Edie Cecil on Friday, May 1, 2015

    As part of IIE's Higher Education Readiness (HER) program, which provides young women in secondary school from underserved communities with a pathway to university, our team in the Addis Ababa office is organizing inspirational speakers to meet with the girls several times each semester. The speakers are Ethiopian women who have, despite challenges in their lives, become leaders in their field. The speakers are wonderful examples for the girls on what they can become if they focus, stay in school, and follow their dreams.


  • HER Parent Group Meetings Show Changes in Parental Attitudes for Girls Education

    By: Edie Cecil on Tuesday, April 7, 2015

    Two hundred girls in the Addis Ketema and Fitawrari high schools have now been awarded HER! An important component of the Higher Education Readiness (HER) program is communication and involvement of the parents, because as we know, if they are not supportive, the likelihood of the girls staying in school is minimal.


  • HER Girls Meet Ethiopian Woman Leaders

    By: Edie Cecil on Tuesday, March 3, 2015

    Every year in March, IIE celebrates International Women's Day by sharing about the bright young participants of IIE's Center for Women's Leadership Initiatives.


  • Additional 100 Girls in Ethiopia Awarded the HER Scholarship

    By: Edie Cecil on Monday, February 9, 2015

    IIE is excited to announce that an additional 100 girls were awarded IIE's Higher Education Readiness (HER) scholarship. These 11th grade girls (fifty each from Fitawrari and Addis Ketema schools) should be proud of their accomplishments. They were selected by an independent review panel consisting of Ethiopian leaders in the non-profit and private sectors. The panelists chose the next round of HER girls based on academic successes, financial need, and potential for leadership. After a thorough review of all the submitted applications, the review panel submitted the final list for IIE review and notification to the selected girls and schools.


  • What Young Girls Can Achieve With a Good Education

    By: Edie Cecil on Thursday, August 14, 2014

    The HER girls, participants of IIE’s Higher Education Readiness (HER) program, have been busy over the past few months with tutoring, meeting with their mentors, and the important year-end exams. This summer they are attending entrepreneurship and English language training workshops.


  • Mentors and HER Girls in Ethiopia Give Back

    By: Edie Cecil on Monday, April 28, 2014

    This past September, 100 underserved girls in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia—50 from Addis Ketema School and 50 from Fitawrari Abayneh School—were awarded the Higher Education Readiness (HER) Scholarship. The scholarship provides the girls with financial support combined with innovative leadership and life skills training to help them complete their secondary education and equip them with the tools needed to continue on to university.


  • International Women’s Day—Inspiring Change

    By: Trish Tierney on Thursday, March 6, 2014

    Change occurs after people take action, and action occurs when people are inspired. I love to be inspired. Who doesn’t? When I’m inspired, I feel an almost physical response—suddenly my day looks brighter, my life seems more exciting, my dreams more attainable, and those around me appear as potential partners with whom I want to share the thrill, build momentum, and take action. So, I ask myself “How and when am I most inspired?” If I can figure it out, I can share it with more people, and keep the inspiration buzz going and growing.


  • IIE Addis Ababa Office Celebrates a Remarkable Milestone—100 HER Girls Awarded Scholarship

    By: Edie Cecil on Wednesday, January 22, 2014

    The IIE Addis Ababa office held an award ceremony at Fitawrari and Addis Ketema schools to celebrate the final selection of the Higher Education Readiness (HER) recipients. The 100 girls had successfully completed this past spring’s tutoring sessions, attended and did well in the summer enrichment activities including English language training and leadership and life skills development, and scored well enough on the Ethiopian National Exam to proceed directly to the 11th grade academic track. Congratulations to all of the HER recipients!  We are very proud of you and look forward to working with you over the coming two years.


  • HER Participant Results from the Ethiopian National Exam

    By: Edie Cecil on Wednesday, November 13, 2013

    The HER girls recently received their scores for the Ethiopian National Exam. This exam is taken by all 10th grade Ethiopians and their numerical score determines whether they move forward to the 11th grade in high school, move to a vocational school or stop going to school and enter the workplace. The exam is comprehensive and Ethiopian students do as much as they can to prepare themselves, such as undertake extra tutoring. For students in IIE’s Higher Education Readiness (HER) Program, IIE held after school tutoring programs and tried to prep the girls on exam taking.


  • The Perks of Parent Involvement in IIE’s HER Program

    By: Edie Cecil on Tuesday, June 18, 2013

    The IIE Higher Education Readiness (HER) scholarship recipients have been busy these past two months studying for the National Exam, which was held a few weeks ago. The grades for the Exam will not be released until late summer, but we are hopeful that all of the HER students will do well and will enter the 11th grade as a university track student.


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