By Elias Gebreselassie

The Addis Ababa city Education Bureau and Al-Maktoum foundation on Wednesday reached an agreement to help the city’s working class residents meet their educational needs.

Speaking at a press conference Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Al-Maktoum Foundation, Mirza Al-Sayegh, said the foundation has so far invested around 1.5 million U.S. dollars to help educational needs in working class districts of Addis Ababa.

“Al-Maktoum Foundation has invested around 1.5 million U.S. dollars in educational activities, excluding monthly running costs and is preparing to buy 2 buses to ferry teachers to and from schools” said Al-Sayegh.

He further said the foundation has plans to provide 30 days of Iftar during Ramadan fasting days in schools and facilitate Hajj and Umra travel for residents of Addis Ababa” he further said.

Tabor Gebremedhin, Head of Addis Ababa Education Bureau, Addis Ababa city Administration, said Al-Maktoum foundation has already built two schools in Nefas Silk and Lafto districts helping fill the educational gap in the city.

“The foundation is covering all operational costs for the coming five years of these two schools, including salary for teachers and supporting staff. In the future there are two or three projects under discussion where they have given us promise” he told

“Al-Maktoum foundation has agreed to support two technical colleges and two boarding schools to maintain their quality and expand their studies as per Ethiopian curriculum and the curriculum of the Addis Ababa city administration” he further said.