Brothers of Christian Schools
The Lwanga District of Africa
 
 

Saint Joseph school of Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, situated near Maskal Square, is a Catholic educational institution directed by the association of the Brothers of the Christian Schools or De La salle Christian Brothers who conduct schools and colleges all over the world in 80 countries including five schools in Ethiopia: (Dire Dawa, Addis Ababa (2), Adama (Nazret) and Meki (near Zway Lake).

St. Joseph School of A.A was established in 1959. It comprises primary and secondary levels with a total of more than 1500 all boys students. It’s one of the few schools that has managed to maintain its academic prestige for the past half century in spite of the ups and downs of history.

Throughout this period, it has provided an appropriate education based on the national curriculum that has enabled its graduates to adapt to both local and international scene.

Mission and Vision

Our vision is founded on the understanding to the human person as being created and known by God. On this basis education serves the individuals by enabling them to mature and flourish. We believe this would enrich our national education system.
 
The specific mission of Saint Joseph school remains the integral formation of the human person, developing harmoniously their own physical, moral, intellectual and spiritual gifts and they must also be helped to develop their sense of responsibility, learn the correct use of freedom and participate actively in social life.

Overview

The De La Salle Christian Brothers religious order was founded by St. John Baptist De La Salle in 1680 in France. Today it is the largest religious order of men specializing in education, currently operating schools in eighty countries on five continents. De La Salle himself is today honored as the Patron Saint of Teachers.

It is the mission of St. Joseph School to teach students to live, discovering the deepest meaning of life and of transcendence- going beyond themselves- to interact mutually with others, to love creation, to think freely and critically, to find fulfillment in work, to plan the future; in one word to be. St Joseph aims to becoming a center of a greater network that, from the smallest village to the most complex metropolis, wraps the world in hope. It is in education, in fact, that the promise of a more human future and a more harmonious society lays. This is basic not only to St. Joseph School but also the whole De La Salle Christian Brothers educational system.

It is the hope of St. Joseph School that its students be human beings who continue on the road to becoming fully integrated young men, who respect differences among people’s cultures while recognizing the oneness of the global family to build peace.

Contact St. Joseph

St. Joseph School
P.O Box 796
Addis Ababa, Ethipia
Tel: 251 (11) 551.9688/251 (11) 561.0567
Fax: 251 (11) 551.2388
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Ato Demisse Wolde Aregay(Headmaster)

Geographical location and History background of the school

Saint Joseph school is found in the town called Nazareth or Adama, which is located on the eastern part of Ethiopia. Adama/Nazareth is a small commercial town, located 99 km from the capital city, Addis Ababa. The population of the town is estimated Over 250,000 live in Nazareth and most of them are very poor. Its population is alarmingly growing with more demand and need for a Christian education.

The school was found in 1959 with the coordination of Bishop Urban Parson. Originally the school was boarding for the girls and it was being run by the sisters and the teaching was done by the sisters only. It was in 1955 lay teachers joined the school. In 1974 the secondary section had begun. The school became mixed school in 1980 and the boarding school was terminated because the sisters wanted to open kindergarten. In order to facilitate the secondary section the consolata fathers joined the school and they look the responsibility of running secondary section while the primary section was run by the sisters.

Saint Joseph School is a non-profit-making school which engages in the service of education.  The school doesn't get financial assistance from the government.  Therefore, it, at times, seeks assistance from parents and sisterly (twinning) schools abroad when needed for development Projects.

Saint Joseph School Adama/Nazareth is run by the Brothers of the Christian Schools which is under the Catholic Church. Initially, the school was begun by the Franciscan Missionary of our Lady to give access for education to the children of the poor. After the Brothers have taken over, the school has emerged into high school and now it has grown into the college preparatory level. The school has been successful with the number of its students joining universities. St. Joseph school is doing the best possible to give quality education with special attention to those students from the poor families. As more students join the school, more needs arise and more effort is required to keep the good standard of the school and help the poor as desired. However, this has become a big challenge as the numbers of students grow. Currently the school teaches over 2043students from Kindergarten to grades12 in the day and above 2100 students in the night sessions.

The mission of the school

The school teaches students to give reverence to God, show respect to all humanity and become loyal to the country. The school teaches students to be able to make important decisions in their lives so as to become responsible, be able to take risks and become peace loving citizens. The school teaches the students to denounce evil actions courageously and stand for the common good. The school teaches students to be competent, confident and compassionate.

Statistics 

The students pay 110 to 180 Birr the local currency per month. In dollars, this amounts to $8 to $11 per month. The very poor night school students pay only 25 birr to 52 per month which is $1.55 to $3.2. The school we collect from students is for the running cost of the school. If we plan other projects like constructions and other bigger projects, we write projects to generous donors like your organization. We also provide scholarships to the very poor students who come to us with the donations we get from our twinning schools from abroad. For this academic your, we have got 108 scholarship students in the regular classes and around 25 in the night session.

We have got 2043 students in the day school among whom 1023 are male and 1020 are female. We have 57 teachers 43 male and 14 female. In addition, we have got 36 workers 18 male and 18 female. All together we have 93 teachers and workers operating in the kindergarten and in the main campus (Grades 1 -12).

Contact St. Joseph

Nazareth Community
P.O Box 406
nazareth, Ethiopia
Tel School: 251 (22) 111.3019
Retta Gezmu(oHeaqdmster/Director)
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Meki Catholic Mission School, with grades 1 to 12, is owned by the Vicariate of Meki Catholic Church and administered by the Brothers of the Christian Schools.  It is located in the town of Meki, some 135 kilometers  southeast of Addis Ababa.

The town, populated by 46,000 people, is arid and dusty much of the year. Most of the people less than the equivalent of a dollar a day. A very large proportion work on the land, farming and grazing.

Meki Catholic School is the only senior high school within a radius of 30 kilometers, an area with 200,000 people. The teaching staff includes three De La Salle Brothers, two Sisters, and 64 lay persons.

Students number 1500 of whom 60% are boys. The average class size is 60.
The low tuition of the equivalent of $1.25 to $2.50 per month covers a mere 14% of  the school’s expenses.The Vicariate of Meki’s generous subsidy of  $93,000 a year pays the salaries of the lay teachers and covers the upkeep of the buildings.The government provides no financial assistance.

Over the past five years, 95% of the students have passed the national exam and entered the government university.

Mission Statement

The Mission of Meki Catholic School is to give a human and Christian education to less fortunate Ethiopians  to enable them to become God fearing, respectful, and loving to all humanity and to their country.

It strives to assist them to be competent and successful in life and to be responsible and peace loving citizens.

It aims, by creating academic communities of persons seeking educational excellence based on Christian values integrated with the formation of the holistic self, to prepare the young adolescent to work for a bright future and to live an active life in the society that stands for the common good.

Curriculum

Subjects offered in the primary school include English writing, rcading, and grammar;  mathematics, Amharic, and Oromo languages, ethics, civics, history, art, science, and physical education.  In the secondary school, the above courses are offered and also students choose from chemistry, physics, biology, and geography.

Social science students in grades 11 and 12 also take business and economics while natural science students take technical drawing. Both natural and social science students take basic computer classes. Any HIV-AIDS education is also provided.

Contact Meki Catholic Mission

Meki catholic Mission
Meki 10, P.O Box 43
Meki, Ethiopia
Tel School 251 (22) 11.80.098/10
Email:lasalle(at)ethionet.et
Br. Belayneh Medhanit(Headmaster)

Besrate Gabriel School was established in 1953 by De La Salle Brothers from France. It Began as a primary school for boys which included grades K to six.

Classes were conducted in French until 1960 when English became the language of instruction. In 1984, Besrate Gabriel became co-educational. In 2004, it added a high school component, becoming a K to 12 school.

The school has a Lasallian Christian ethos based on our Founder’s purpose: to provide a Christian education to the young, especially the poor. We teach our students to be concerned for the poor who surround us.

We give them opportunities to show this concern by yearly collections for the poor during Advent and Lent. In so doing, we believe we are helping to mold responsible citizens of Ethiopia.  In addition, we have a service club that has as its purpose to serve the needy In the past ten years, we have been able to build 20 additional classrooms, two science labs, and a social centre.

We have reorganized our library and multi-media services. All of these improvements were made possible through the generosity of our donors.

We have 1601 students in grades K to 12:  727 boys and 874 girls.  These are taught by 40 teachers.

The first grade 12 class, the first to take the national exam, graduated in 2007.

Curriculum 

Besrate Gabriel follows the national curriculum which includes the following subjects: Amharic, English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Civics, Geography, Information Technology, Technical Drawing, Art, Moral (Social Ethics), Sport, and  Sociology.

 Extracurricular

  • Hiking Club
  • Volleyball
  • Football
  • Basketbale
  • Table Tennis

In addition to the day school for K to 12 youngsters, Besrate Gabriel runs a night school for adults who have not yet acquired a high school diploma.  While the day school students come mainly from the middle and working classes, the night school students are primarily street workers such as shoe shiners and casual laborers. At present there are 901 students in the night school program

Contact Besrate Gabriel School

Besrate Gabriel School
P.O Box 141
Dire Dawa, Ethiopia

Email: gnadew(at)yahoo.com
Tel School: 251 (25) 111.3500
Br. Peter De Groot
Br. Getachew Alemayehu(Headmaster)

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