Takelech Abebie

Senior Program Manager

Takelech has experience in designing and managing projects for different contexts in Ethiopia, with a specific focus in education, livelihood, and women’s empowerment.

Takelech’s experience ranges from working at schools as an English subject teacher to working for different International NGOs at various positions and programs and holds an MA in Social Work from Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU.) In her work, she has managed Education, Livelihood, Women Empowerment, and Gender centered programs funded by donors like USAID, the Japan Social Development Fund (The World Bank), and the Education Above All Foundation (Qatar). Takelech is skilled in effective grant management. She has vast experience in managing and advising implementing partners to make effective use of their grants.

As Senior Program Manager at GGE, Takelech provides technical support and ensures the successful operation of the program in Ethiopia. Her professionalism, exposure to different training models, and extensive work with key actors in the education sector have helped her to contribute to the success of the program. In addition to overseeing grant management, she also ensures effective risk management.

Takelech takes great pride in assisting the Ministry of Education as they adopt the Speed School program to reach more out-of-school students and is thrilled to see the Speed School program being integrated into the Ministry of Education’s planning and programming with the addition of the Speed School Unit under the Adult and Nonformal Education (ANFE) directorate.


Can you share a positive story from a site/classroom visit?

Once a Speed School student’s mother shared with me how the adult literacy class she attended through her Self Help Group might have very well saved her child’s life. One day the mother went to a pharmacy to buy medicine for her child.  In her SHG, the literacy class facilitator had explained how to check any medicine’s expiry date before buying and using it, something she had never before known to do. The mother looked at the expiry date and found out that it expired the year before. She gave the medicine back to the pharmacist, and she told the pharmacist to discard the syrup, but he resisted. She reported the case to the nearby police station, and the pharmacist was penalized. Her action likely saved the life of not only her child but many other children.


What’s your favorite part of your job?’

That improving the circumstances of underprivileged children is at the center of my job.


What book, film or quote has shaped the way you think?

‘’Kindness is caring for others even they may not care for you.’’


What is your best travel advice?

Try to know as much as you can about the culture of the society you are travelling to.