MELCA Ethiopia has been named as the organisation with the most entrepreneurial approach to education in Ethiopia in the Educating Africa Pan-African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education.
With over 350 entries from all over Africa, MELCA Ethiopia has done exceptionally well to be named a country winner in the competition. It’s unique and entrepreneurial approach to education meant that it caught the judges’ attention even despite this being the most competitive competition to date. This is the fifth time that the Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education have been run by UK-based international development charity, Teach A Man To Fish.
MELCA (Movement for Ecological Learning and Community Action) is an Ethiopian NGO founded in 2004 by dedicated environmental practitioners and lawyers. MELCA is dedicated to work for healthy ecosystem, vibrant cultures and improved lives of communities through developing and spreading innovative methods in Ethiopia.
Currently, MELCA works in the Bale Mountains, Sheka Forest and Suba Forest in Ethiopia. Its activities comprise environmental education and intergenerational learning through its SEGNI program, participatory mapping, sustainable income generating activities, building ecosystem resilience, promoting bio-cultural diversity and working for environmental governance. To see bio-cultural diversity conserved for healthy ecosystem and sustainable life is the foremost concern of MELCA and ts staff and members strongly believe that this can be achieved by innovative educational and entrepreneurial initiatives.
As Dr. Million Belay, Director of MELCA Ethiopia, says,
“This is a recognition to years of work by the local actors, Regional and International Partners and MELCA. The award is an encouragement to us to strengthen what we have started and what we saw working for the youth, the bigger community, Nature and the culture of our people.”
The aim of the competition was to identify and celebrate the achievements of social entrepreneurs who understand the role education can play within their communities.
‘’With this competition we were looking for programmes which are innovative, sustainable and create real impact – and we have found them. By awarding them we hope to encourage others to imitate winner’s approach and work towards more and better education in Africa’’, says Nik Kafka, Managing Director of Teach A Man To Fish.