A New School in Dilla

The old Primary School (from grade 1 to 8) was very old and since it was built with the traditional method (grass and mud walls covered with plaster and metal roof) the structure was no longer suitable. Not only it had experienced failures and safety problems for students, but also classrooms were no longer big enough for the growing number of pupils.

New Flower in Africa has financed the construction of a new school building on three floors with 16 classes guaranteeing two sections per year in order to obviate the problem of overcrowding of classrooms.

The construction is completed and the opening ceremony was on January 2018.

The school of Dilla is very important since there are no other similar facilities in the surrounding area. The students have a lot of space and next to the school they can play and stay together. The school is not only a place where to learn the formal education, but also where they can spend afternoons and weekends playing soccer or volleyball safe, out of the streets. For this reason the New Flower in Africa has supported this project by participating through the construction of a new school, larger, to allow a greater number of children to access primary education, especially in a similar environment.

In the old school there were about 600 students divided into 8 years of school. Now this larger building can accommodate up to 100 students per year it has been possibile to achieve a total number of 800 students, with an age between 6 and 14 years old, directly benefiting of the project. Beneficiaries are also the teachers, two per classroom, the families of the pupils, the whole community, the kids of Dilla that have the opportunity to enter in another, bigger school.


The town of Dilla, where New Flower in Africa has start a collaboration with the Salesian community, is located in the southern part of the Country and represents the administrative centre of the Gedeo Region.