CODE-Ethiopia is a non-profit non-governmental organization that, for nearly 20 years, has been increasing literacy in rural Ethiopian communities by establishing reading rooms that draw schools, teachers, librarians and citizens together to achieve results.
CODE-Ethiopia’s success lies in the strength of community involvement, use, and value of its reading rooms. Students, especially girls, who use CODE-Ethiopia’s libraries fare better at school and adults benefit from books on education, health, better farming, business and childcare. CODE-Ethiopia’s strong relationship with the Ministry of Education ensures that its work strengthens and supports national education goals.
CODE-Ethiopia supports the entire culture of reading and writing, from the author through the publisher through the reading room and the teacher to the reader. It develops authentic reading materials that respect local culture, and has published hundreds of thousands of books, more than 300 unique titles in six national languages.
CODE-Ethiopia has established 82 community libraries spread across the country, each containing some 5000 books, and together servicing nearly 700 academic institutions at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels.