2009 Age 17 years
Getnet is from Lalibela. His father died a long time ago and his mother has been trying to bring up Getnet and his 4 sisters. His mother and the 2 older sisters are illiterate. The 2 younger sisters are attending school. The oldest sister is now divorced and is back living at home with her 5 children.
Getnet, being the only boy, has been taking on responsibility for the family. He has been working as a labourer, in addition to attending school, in order to provide some money for the family.
Getnet has had constant good results from school, but his results from the grade 10 National exams, were disappointing and he just failed getting a place in grade 11. (200 students from 2,000 are allocated places in grade 11). He is still very keen to continue with his education.
It has been agreed to allocate him 500 Birr per month (£25) on 2 conditions. He must enrol and attend a one year course at vocational school. He must resit the grade 10 national exams next June. If he successfully completes the year and gets high enough grades to progress to grade 11 next year, he will be given a bonus of 500Birr.
2010 Age 18 years
Getnet has spent the year in the Vocational School in Lalibela. He has been studying to be a tour guide. On completion, he will have a good opportunity for work in Lalibela. He re-sat his grade 10 national examinations, but again did not achieve the required grades for entry to grade 11.
He is happy with his tour-guiding course and it has been agreed to support him for a second year at College with 500 Birr (£25) per month. There will also be two, performance related, incentive bonuses, paying up to 250 Birr each.
2011 Age 19 Years
Getenet is studying Tour Guiding in the local Vocational school. He has completed his second year with a mark of 3.8 out of a possible 4.
It has been agreed to continue his support of 500 Birr per month for a third year with 2 performance related bonuses, paying up to 250 Birr each.
This will be Getenet’s last year at college. As Lalibela is a tourist town, there is a good chance that he will find employment next year.
Getenet has paid back our support by studying really hard. As he says: ‘Without the support, I would not have had the chance to attend college. I am very, very grateful.’
Diploma 4, Tour Guiding
Vocational School, Lalibela
Getenet Biru has graduated from the vocational school in Lalibela with a Diploma 4 in tour guiding. He won the prize for the top student in the year. He is interested in using this qualification as entrance to University and has been advised to work for one year and then apply for support with this, if he is still interested.