A VISIT TO ADDIS ABABA, ETHIOPIA, IN 1994 PROMPTED THE FORMATION OF A DANISH PROJECT GROUP CONSISTING OF 4 PEOPLE, WITH THE AIM OF ASSISTING THE DEVELOPMENT IN THE ANCIENT CHRISTIAN COUNTRY, WITH ITS PROUD AND BEAUTIFUL, BUT VERY POOR, POPULATION.
The project group was given the name Ewiket Lehibret (knowledge for everyone). This project group - and the later board of ELSA - has always worked voluntarily and without pay, and furthermore ELSA has always been - and will always be - independent of political and religious groups.
ELSA is today officially recognised as an NGO.
Primarily we wish to create the conditions for giving as many Ethiopian children as possible the best possible schooling, as giving the Ethiopian children knowledge and education in our opinion is the only longterm and sustainable way out of poverty and starvation, and at the same time it is a prerequisite for economic and democratic prosperity in the country.
Secondarily we wish to increase knowledge and understanding in Denmark for the social and cultural development and situation in Africa, especially Ethiopia.
We have as a general demand that the distribution between boys and girls is to be app. 50-50 in the schools we cooperate with, and that children from the lowest social levels are to be prioritized.
QUOTE by Archbishop Desmond Tutu
"Education is the engine through which development can be powered, both for the individual in opening up new opportunities as well as for countries seeking to move out of the fierce grip of poverty."
May 26, 2010