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.


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.


  • 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

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Tel School: 251 (25) 111.2153
Tel School: 251 (25) 111.3500
Brother Taye Woldesent