The Ethiopian government announced Monday that schools have reopened in Mekelle City, capital of Ethiopia’s conflict-affected northernmost Tigray region.
A total of 32 public schools and more than 30 private schools in Mekelle City have received their students and resumed teaching activity, the state-affiliated Fana Broadcasting Corporate (FBC) reported Monday.
Schools had closed as fighting erupted last November in Tigray between the Tigray People’s Liberation Front party (TPLF) and the Ethiopian National Defense Forces.
Preparations are ongoing to reopen schools in other parts of Tigray, said the region’s interim administration assigned by the Ethiopian government following the TPLF’s defeat.
The Ethiopian government said in March that preparations had been ongoing to resume school activities at the cost of over 2.2 million U.S. dollars for repair works and procuring necessary teaching materials.
The United Nations Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs said in February that about 1.4 million children had no access to education across the Tigray region, with around 50,000 teachers affected due to unpaid salaries and insecurity, and many schools were occupied by internally displaced persons as temporary shelters due to the conflict.