The School of St Yared is a nonprofit school that provides free high quality education and support services to students from marginalised communities; the school recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. The school was co-founded by Yared Wolde and Jacqui Gilmour, a native of Australia. As a young boy Yared was orphaned and began living on the street where he was discovered by a group of nuns reading under a streetlamp at night. This shift in fate set the initial seeds for Yared’s dream to create a school to provide educational opportunities for students like him.

 

Below Yared reflects on the origins and impact of the school:

What inspired you to start St Yareds?

“My inspiration was my mom. She was not educated but believed deeply in the value of education and wanted me to have more opportunities than she had. She believed that education is the key for everything and can uplift someone’s personal life, livelihood and community”.

 

What changes have you seen in the students and community?

“I have seen so many positive changes but the two main areas are for the students and, in turn, family-wide changes. The students benefit from an innovative and student-centred education model while the parents learn about family planning, increase their financial situation and are able to start saving money. While they used to just live day-by-day now they are thinking more about the future. Most importantly, the parents and community now give value for education because they see the impact in their children”.

 

How does St Yareds do things differently?

“What we instill in the kids is a community-wide effect, which allows positive benefits to reach their parents and neighbors too. The best practice doesn’t end with the kids. Our teachers and staff make a big difference and the students see them as their brothers and sisters. They have compassion for their students. Bethlehem, one of our first students who is now in ninth grade really embodies the trickle-down effect of our programs. As an eight year old she set up a makeshift school to tutor twenty-four kids in her neighborhood and she continues to help younger students from the school prepare for exams”.

If you had to pick a single word to describe the school what would it be?

 

“Unique. We use the resources we have and never lose sight of our mission to provide quality education. Our teachers use new ideas rather than ‘chalk and talk’ and the effects of this are clear when you see the confidence and critical thinking skills of our students”.

 

What is your dream for the future of the school?

“My dream is to see the school expand from KG to Grade 12 with at least 1000 students. I would like to see St Yareds as a model school within Addis and to set up campuses in other locations in Ethiopia. My end goal is to have an excellent school that supports students from different poor communities in Africa”.

 

The School of St Yared is a project under Hope for Children Australia, a registered ACNC charity.

To make a donation to or learn how to support the school,

visit www.schoolofstyared.com

or contact info@schoolofstyared.com or sponsorship@schoolofstyared.com.

The School of St Yared is a nonprofit school that provides free high quality education and support services to students from marginalised communities; the school recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. The school was co-founded by Yared Wolde and Jacqui Gilmour, a native of Australia. As a young boy Yared was orphaned and began living on the street where he was discovered by a group of nuns reading under a streetlamp at night. This shift in fate set the initial seeds for Yared’s dream to create a school to provide educational opportunities for students like him.

 

Below Yared reflects on the origins and impact of the school:

What inspired you to start St Yareds?

“My inspiration was my mom. She was not educated but believed deeply in the value of education and wanted me to have more opportunities than she had. She believed that education is the key for everything and can uplift someone’s personal life, livelihood and community”.

 

What changes have you seen in the students and community?

“I have seen so many positive changes but the two main areas are for the students and, in turn, family-wide changes. The students benefit from an innovative and student-centred education model while the parents learn about family planning, increase their financial situation and are able to start saving money. While they used to just live day-by-day now they are thinking more about the future. Most importantly, the parents and community now give value for education because they see the impact in their children”.

 

How does St Yareds do things differently?

“What we instill in the kids is a community-wide effect, which allows positive benefits to reach their parents and neighbors too. The best practice doesn’t end with the kids. Our teachers and staff make a big difference and the students see them as their brothers and sisters. They have compassion for their students. Bethlehem, one of our first students who is now in ninth grade really embodies the trickle-down effect of our programs. As an eight year old she set up a makeshift school to tutor twenty-four kids in her neighborhood and she continues to help younger students from the school prepare for exams”.

If you had to pick a single word to describe the school what would it be?

 

“Unique. We use the resources we have and never lose sight of our mission to provide quality education. Our teachers use new ideas rather than ‘chalk and talk’ and the effects of this are clear when you see the confidence and critical thinking skills of our students”.

 

What is your dream for the future of the school?

“My dream is to see the school expand from KG to Grade 12 with at least 1000 students. I would like to see St Yareds as a model school within Addis and to set up campuses in other locations in Ethiopia. My end goal is to have an excellent school that supports students from different poor communities in Africa”.

 

The School of St Yared is a project under Hope for Children Australia, a registered ACNC charity.

To make a donation to or learn how to support the school,

visit www.schoolofstyared.com

or contact info@schoolofstyared.com or sponsorship@schoolofstyared.com.

The School of St Yared is a nonprofit school that provides free high quality education and support services to students from marginalised communities; the school recently celebrated its tenth anniversary. The school was co-founded by Yared Wolde and Jacqui Gilmour, a native of Australia. As a young boy Yared was orphaned and began living on the street where he was discovered by a group of nuns reading under a streetlamp at night. This shift in fate set the initial seeds for Yared’s dream to create a school to provide educational opportunities for students like him.

 

Below Yared reflects on the origins and impact of the school:

What inspired you to start St Yareds?

“My inspiration was my mom. She was not educated but believed deeply in the value of education and wanted me to have more opportunities than she had. She believed that education is the key for everything and can uplift someone’s personal life, livelihood and community”.

 

What changes have you seen in the students and community?

“I have seen so many positive changes but the two main areas are for the students and, in turn, family-wide changes. The students benefit from an innovative and student-centred education model while the parents learn about family planning, increase their financial situation and are able to start saving money. While they used to just live day-by-day now they are thinking more about the future. Most importantly, the parents and community now give value for education because they see the impact in their children”.

 

How does St Yareds do things differently?

“What we instill in the kids is a community-wide effect, which allows positive benefits to reach their parents and neighbors too. The best practice doesn’t end with the kids. Our teachers and staff make a big difference and the students see them as their brothers and sisters. They have compassion for their students. Bethlehem, one of our first students who is now in ninth grade really embodies the trickle-down effect of our programs. As an eight year old she set up a makeshift school to tutor twenty-four kids in her neighborhood and she continues to help younger students from the school prepare for exams”.

If you had to pick a single word to describe the school what would it be?

 

“Unique. We use the resources we have and never lose sight of our mission to provide quality education. Our teachers use new ideas rather than ‘chalk and talk’ and the effects of this are clear when you see the confidence and critical thinking skills of our students”.

 

What is your dream for the future of the school?

“My dream is to see the school expand from KG to Grade 12 with at least 1000 students. I would like to see St Yareds as a model school within Addis and to set up campuses in other locations in Ethiopia. My end goal is to have an excellent school that supports students from different poor communities in Africa”.

 

The School of St Yared is a project under Hope for Children Australia, a registered ACNC charity.

To make a donation to or learn how to support the school,

visit www.schoolofstyared.com

or contact info@schoolofstyared.com or sponsorship@schoolofstyared.com.