Adama, August 19, 2002 (WIC)- The "Save the Children U.S.A.", disclosed that the active
participation of women in educational management committees has helped raise the number
of female students in Oromia Regional State.
In a paper he presented at the on-going workshop at Adama on "The Role Of Teachers In
Producing Competent students", Education Coordinator with the organization, Furgassa
Chachissa pointed out that the rise in the number of female students in the last 2 years was
confirmed by a study conducted in 18 elementary schools in the State.
According to Furgassa, out of the seven members of each educational management
committee in Oromia more than half were female.
This has led to a drop in the number of female dropouts in schools by more than half, it was
According to him, women were better than men in persuading parents about the advantages
of sending girls disposed to schools and discouraging termination of female education and
there by reducing the number of drop outs.
The 15- day workshop organized by Save The Children U.S.A. was attended by school
principals drawn from 36 schools and representatives of Women's Affairs Organizations.