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DRAFT Joint Education Needs Assessment: Gedeo, Ethiopia


Since April 2018, continued insecurity and localized conflict between communities in Ethiopia’s Gedeo Zone (Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples' Region – SNNPR) and West Guji Zone (Oromia Region) have led to the rapid displacement of nearly 960,000 people. Assets have been lost, livelihoods disrupted and basic services and infrastructure damaged. Now August, the violence and unpredictability of the situation continues to drive communities from their lands and prevents those uprooted from being able to safely return home.


This assessment was mainly conducted through the Zonal Education Bureau, working with woredas to collect information at various IDP sites. In addition, INGO partners also conducted key informant interview with officials like principals and woreda officials. The data was collected over a period of 3 weeks in August 2018. This assessment focused on the three woredas where the largest amount of IDPs are displaced: Yirgachefe, Gedeb, and Kochere.

Key findings: 

- Currently, 13 schools have been identified as destroyed or substantially damaged from the conflict
- The total number of children enrolled in these schools is estimated from the 2017-2018 school year figures whereas the total number of enrolled children was 12,437. Disaggregated the figures were 7,505 boys and 4,932 girls.
- Currently, 85 schools are being occupied by IDPs in Yirgachefe, Gedeo, and Kochere, with 5 more being utilized in Dilla Town and Bule. The total population of children from these 90 locations who will be unable to access schools if IDPs are not moved is over 72,000 children; as data has not been provided for every school, estimates are that the number of affected children will be more than 80,000.
- Another substantial challenge to the resumption of the educational year is the amount of educational materials that were damaged in school occupied by IDPs. The assessment team collected data on desks, chalkboards, and structural damages as identified by each school.
- WASH facilities in schools should be rehabilitated and general cleaning must take place as a final step before any classrooms open, particularly because there is wide reporting of open defecation and many functioning latrines are completely filled. As this area often has AWD, latrines must be desludged and ready for children’s use to keep them healthy during the school year.

Assessment Report: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Questionnaire: 
Publicly Available
Assessment Data: 
Not Available
Assessment Date(s): 
01 Aug 2018 to 30 Sep 2018

Level of Representation

Governorate / State / Regional
Report completed
Unit(s) of Measurement: 
Collection Method(s): 
Population Type(s): 
All affected population
Leading/Coordinating Organization(s): 
Education Cluster - Ethiopia
Participating Organization(s): 
Norwegian Refugee Council
World Vision International
United Nations Children's Fund
Government of Ethiopia - Ministry of Education
Kochere Gedeb
Internally Displaced People (IDPs)