The goal of Education, Child and Youth Program (ECYDP) is to contribute towards quality education, strengthening child protection and safeguarding, youth employment, and access to productive assets to foster productive and responsible citizens. Hence, it contributes to the global and national commitment to "education for all". The basic services provided for the target children and youth are food, shelter, safeguarding and protection, medical support, enabling education opportunities, education materials, psycho-social support, and basic life skill training for formal, non-formal (vocational), and special needs education. The program targets vulnerable and disadvantaged children to improve the well-being and productivity of children and youth through rehabilitation, protection, and provision of quality and inclusive education.
The ECYDP has four main components: Child Development; Special Needs Education (SNE); Formal and Informal Education and Job Opportunity Creation. In the fiscal year 2022, the Commission has planned to implement 143 projects and achieved 141 and reached out to a total 186,484 (96,196 female) target community members with an annual budget of 623.47 million Birr.
As depicted on diagram 5, child development projects addressed 70,646 (38,708 female) children with a total annual budget of 430. 86 million Birr, whereas Special Needs Education (SNE) reached 23,336 (11,480 female) children with a budget of 40.04 million Birr. Formal and Non-Formal Education addressed 87,522 (43,553 female) children and youth with a total budget of more than 38.15 million Birr; and Job Opportunity Creation component targeted 4,980 (2,455 female) youths with a total budget of 61.01 million Birr.
The program, therefore, strives to achieve the following goal and strategic objectives:
The program targets vulnerable and disadvantaged children to improve the well-being and productivity of children and youth through rehabilitation, protection, and provision of quality and inclusive education.
S01: Child Development
S02: Special Needs Education (SNE)
S03: Formal and Non-formal Education (FNE)