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Do you want to take your students on a journey?

Awra Amba is a small village in Northern Ethiopia, founded in the early 1970s by a group of idealistic farmers. Take your class to a unique gender-equal democracy and successful social enterprise in Ethiopia, with a free trial of this outstanding resource.

Awra Amba –  A thriving gender equal democracy

The farmers, all illiterate at the time, set out to co-create a new society from scratch; where women and men would be treated as equals, and where everyone would have access to education and healthcare. Since then, Awra Amba has transformed itself into a thriving community of around 500 people, with over 80 university graduates who were born and raised there. The village, which is run by 13 democratically elected committees, helps thousands of people in the region and receives visitors from all over the world.

The Awra Amba educational resource:

The Awra Amba Experience is a beautiful and immersive interactive learning environment, where pupils can explore the village and draw inspiration from their remarkable stories. The experience delves into themes such as equality, democracy, human rights, sustainability and entrepreneurship; and promotes values such as tolerance, empathy and generosity.

Here at Teacher Toolkit we think Awra Amba is a fantastically inspiring village that every child should be introduced to. A village functioning with total gender equality, where everyone has access to healthcare and education? We thought it was fictional! All teachers should be encouraging children to explore such a place.

Sign up for a free trial today?

Lyfta invites teachers to bring the Awra Amba Experience into their classrooms, with a free 30-day trial. The trial allows full access to one of the ten explorable environments in the experience, with focus on the theme of gender equality.


The package includes a PDF lesson plan, so teachers can deliver a rich and engaging classroom experience using the resource. The Awra Amba lesson plans are all designed to be cross-curricular and flexible, ideal for KS2 and KS3 Citizenship, but also touching on topics such as English, literacy, geography, PSHE and SMSC.

Sign up for a free trial here (no payment details are required!).


Download the resource free for your school:

Once you have signed up, you’ll receive an email with your trial account, the PDF lesson plan and details on how most schools in England can get the full resource for free. This includes all ten environments in Awra Amba, and over 20 lessons worth of activities and exercises.


Lyfta is an innovative education technology company, working with Finnish and British teachers to create engaging interactive resources.

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