Special needs student Chalachew Tesfane does homework with his father
Chalachew Tesfane, 18 (left), sits with his father, Tesfane, in the the doorway to their one room home. Chalachew has an intellectual disability. His father has spent most of the last 18 years trying to get help for his son. A couple of years ago they moved from the countryside to Bahar Dar where Chalachew was enrolled in special needs education classes at Felege Abay Elementary School. Finally, Chalachew was able to start learning and this year he moved to the first grade where, despite his teacher's initial skepticism, he has become a promising student. Seeing his son learning, Tesfane, who had never been able to go to school, when he was young was inspired to enroll in adult education classes so that he could help Chalachew to continue learning. Both are now in the first grade. With funding from GPE and other development partners the Government of Ethiopia has made great strides in inclusive education, opening up a host of new opportunities for children like Calachew. Felege Abay Elementary School, Bahar Dar, Ethiopia.
Credit: GPE/Kelley Lynch
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