75 years in Ethiopia
British Council 75 years in Ethiopia  ©

British Council 

75 years in Ethiopia

British Council, since it founding in 1942, has been working on society-focused programs to enrich and empower Ethiopians and systems that impact Ethiopia. 

British Council and the General Wingate School

In April 1946 the British Council established an independent boy’s school, the General Wingate, on the site that was provided by the Emperor Haile Selassie I.The British Council provided the headmaster and most staff members and paid an annual grant for its maintenance. In 1961 the British Council and the Ethiopian Government signed the Wingate Agreement, under which £50,000 were committed for the rebuilding of the school. The General Wingate was run by the British Council until it was turned into a teacher training college in 1977.

Emperor Haile Silassie Laying a foundation for a new section in General Wingate School
Emperor Haile Selassie I, laying the foundation for a new section of the General Wingate School in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 1949 ©

British Council

Ato Tamrat Kebede
Ato Tamrat Kebede - Former student of the General Wingate School ©

Nebiyou Worku


"The British Council contributed a lot in providing teachers and learning materials. The school reared many young intellectuals who served their country well. The British Council library also provided lots of opportunities for its users".

"...Wingate was a special school. It was a good place to read and study literature. Its simple administrative structure gave us a glimpse of a democratic system".

"..I think supporting quality education should not be a short-term thing and I believe there should be a system to strengthen quality education in a sustainable manner."

Ato Tamrat Kebede 
Former Student of General Wingate School
Now Executive Director, Inter Africa Group - Ethiopia