"School is very important to me. If I'm educated, I can get a good job."
Tirunesh is 19 and has no family to support her. She is so determined to continue her education that she does all sorts of menial jobs such as collecting rubbish and turning paper into bags to sell to street vendors. This gives her the money she needs for books and transport to school. She also supports her brother's education.
Tirunesh's film comes from a series that tell the individual stories of four Ethiopian young women who have succeeded against the odds. The films were shown in community screenings to facilitate discussion about the role girls can play, if given the opportunity.
Funded by the Department for International Development (DFID) and The Nike Foundation in a partnership project known as Girl Hub, the films put girls and young women at the centre of decisions and dialogue, with the aim of equipping them with the resources and self-belief to achieve their potential.
The films were screened across Ethiopia with a particular emphasis on reaching rural audiences. Six radio debates were also broadcast on Ethiopia Radio and Television Agency (ERTA).
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