[ETHIOPIA] Parts of Ethiopia are still reeling from the effects of recent drought, flooding, conflict or a combination of the three, resulting in increased numbers of children dropping out of school, say officials. At least 385,000 school-children need “emergency education assistance this school year”, Alexandra Westerbeek, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) communication manager in Ethiopia, told IRIN. “In addition, 70,000 children among [the] refugee population also need emergency education assistance.
“The quake affected an estimate of 5,000 schools and approximately 700,000 of primary school-aged children around the country. While the international community is working relentlessly to alleviate the suffering in both countries, some quake survivors in Haiti and Chile have been harnessing the power of technology to seek assistance for themselves and their communities.
Podcast moderator Amy Costello speaks with Patrick Meier, the Director of Crisis Mapping and Strategic Partnerships at Ushahidi and a Co-Director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative’s Program on Crisis Mapping and Early Warning and Sree Sreenivasan, a journalism educator at Columbia University and a tech reporter for DNAinfo.com about the use of technology for crisis mapping in disaster areas.”