19 Feb 2019
Rebecca Zeigler Mano

Rainbows4children, a Swiss and UK foundation, founded the Nicolas Robinson School (NRS) to educate the children of disabled war veterans of the Ethiopian civil war. To this aim, we partner with the Tigray Disabled Veterans Association (TDVA), an Ethiopian NGO.

Our mission is: Uplifting Ethiopia. Our aim is to break the cycle of poverty and prepare future leaders of the country. We commit ourselves to educating the whole child and to create a community of caring students, educators, parents, and staff.

The School The NRS was founded in 2005 and is a non-profit day school with 1,430 students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. We are an inclusive school which gives admission priority to the students of handicapped veterans. Admission does not require an entrance exam. The school has three sections divided among two campuses: the kindergarten educates 270 children aged 4-6; the primary school serves 800 children aged 6-14 from grade 1-8; the high school educates 360 children aged 15-18 from grade 9-12. The NRS is the top school in the Tigray region and one of the leading schools nationwide on the basis of the students’ academic results. The class of 2018 is the third grade 12 class to enter senior year. The Student Body Our students are mostly from the Tigray region; they speak and study in three languages: Tigrinya (regional language), Amharic (national language), and English. English courses are introduced as early as the kindergarten. The High School Faculty The 34 High School full-time and part-time faculty members have an average of 10 years of teaching experience and over 5 years with the school. 21% hold MA/MS or higher degrees, and most have taught at other schools. Faculty members are Ethiopians educated and trained in the country. High School Curriculum Tigrinya, Amharic and English are the languages of instruction. The following classes are only taught in English: mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, geography, history, civics and ethical education, health and physical education, ICT, technical drawing.

We follow the National Curriculum and prepare our students for the Ethiopian Higher Education University Entrance Exam which is taken in Grade 12. All Grade 12 students have already passed a National Exam in Grade 10. The NRS is a technology-rich learning environment with an emphasis on the hard sciences. ICT classes are introduced as early as Grade 1, and Coding is taught from grade 9 on. The high school has a fully staffed IT lab with computers as well as a modern science lab.