2009 Age 19 years
Tarko is from a very poor farming background. The family are unable to support his education. In addition to his studies, he has worked as a labourer to earn enough money to live.
He was 8th. in his class in grade 9 with an average of 65%. Unfortunately his results in the National exams for grade 10 were not good enough to let him progress to grade 11.
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 20 years
Tarko has spent the year at the Vocational School, in Lalibela. He has been studying furniture making. 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 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 21 Years
Tarko is now in his third year at the local vocational school. He is studying furniture making. He scored 3.7 out of a possible 4 in his second year. This will be his last year at college and, in the future, he would like to set up his own business.
He has asked me to pass on his warmest thanks to everyone who has supported and given him this chance for the future. The support he has been given has let him fulfil the basic necessities and let him concentrate on his studies.
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.
Diploma 4, Furniture Making
Vocational School, Lalibela
Tarko Naguse has graduated from the vocational school in Lalibela with a Diploma 4 in furniture making. He is looking to set up a business with some of his fellow graduates.