Our Vision for the Nicolas Robinson School
The most admired school in Ethiopia, fulfilling each child’s unique potential through excellence in education.
Our Mission for the Nicolas Robinson School
Provide top quality academic and vocational education for any child from the most disadvantaged backgrounds especially those whose parents have disabilities.
Provide this education without any entry restrictions of any kind.
Develop young individuals who will break the cycle of poverty in their communities and their country.
For children leaving school and not continuing to further education at University level, we will build a vocational training center. This center will teach skills which are in short supply in Mekele including the professions of electrician, sanitation engineer, etc. At all times, locally trained Ethiopian teachers and school curriculum will be employed. We will upgrade skills of the staff by bringing in experts from other parts of Ethiopia, other African countries as well as from overseas.
Our local partner in Ethiopia is the Tigray Disabled Veteran’s Association (TDVA) and our partnership with them is essential to the process. We believe that the local community should take on responsibility for the upkeep and running of the school and the TDVA have agreed in their contract with Rainbows4children that they will eventually take over the running costs of the school. They will raise funds through their own endeavours including profits from their business activities, which employ parents with disabilities of the supported children.
Mekele was selected as a location for the school for several reasons. Most importantly because there is a significant number of adults with disabilities in this region whose children do not have access to schooling. By selecting an urban environment, where a further education system is in place (including a university), we are supporting children for whom there is a long-term perspective of successful local employment which in turn will reduce the dependency on aid and enable them to escape from the poverty trap. Mekele also has good infrastructure which enables access to other parts of Ethiopia by road and air.