Ethiopian Schools for the Poor - English Alive is a registered UK charity ( - registration no.1140681) which supports the work of English Alive to provide high quality education to the needy.. We currently operate 2 schools in Nazret, Ethiopia, providing education to over 200 pupils aged between 2 and 14 years. Anyone can come to learn at EAA for a set fee, however all students are subsidized through the charity on a sliding scale dependent on their current family situation.
Our vision at the English Alive Academy (EAA) is to become a leading educational establishment in Ethiopia. Our mission is to offer affordable, high quality education to disadvantaged pupils.
Stephanie met Dawit whilst working as a teacher at an international school in Addis Ababa. He was the Ethiopian driver for a little girl in Stephanie's class. They fell in love during the moments Dawit escorted his charge to and from Stephanie's classroom. They shared an immediate bond….the love of children. As Stephanie continued to teach at the international school, her frustration at the educational inequity in Ethiopia took its toll. “I could see clearly how the poor kids didn't have a chance. It seemed cruel that money was dictating their opportunity for a decent education,” she said. Stephanie and Dawit would talk for hours of the social injustice of the education system in Ethiopia.
Using their own funds, Stephanie and Dawit rented space in a school after hours. Called the British Language School, it met twice a week for two and a half hours for 16 pupils. This school morphed into the full-time English Alive Academy in Addis Ababa for pupils aged three to five. 32 poor children, who had no chance for a decent education otherwise, now had access to a good education and the foundation for a bright future. The children were exposed to a new kind of teaching for Ethiopia, one that encouraged exploration, analysis, and creativity instead of rote memorization.
In order to reach more rural children, they made the move to Nazret, a small town with very few options for education. Starting with a small Kindergarten, they expanded to take on grade pupils and eventually an additional campus.. They continue their work at the English Alive Academy today.