Category: "Education"

Ethiopia - Gov’t, partners to mobilize support for draft child care

November 28th, 2009

Gov’t, partners to mobilize support for draft child care and education policy

By a Staff Reporter

Ethiopia's Ministry of Education, Ministry of Health (MoE), Ministry of Women's Affairs (MoWA), UN and NGO partners jointly expressed their commitment to mobilize support for the formalization of the draft Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) policy and to integrate the related services in respective sector plans.

The ECCE National Policy Framework, Strategic Operational Plan and Guidelines were discussed at a national validation workshop from 24-25 November, with context of the ECCE four pillars of parental education, health and early stimulation (birth to 3+ years), pre-school/Kindergarten (4 to 7+ years) and non-formal school readiness (Child-to-Child).

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Ethiopia - Bahir Dar University to launch 11 new postgraduate programs

September 27th, 2009
Bahir Dar University Ethiopia photo

Ethiopia - Bahir Dar University to launch 11 new postgraduate programs

Source: ENA

Bahir Dar University, one of the state-owned higher learning institutions in Ethiopia, announced a plan to raise its intake by more than double at postgraduate levels as of the current academic year.

The university has finalized preparations to launch 11 new postgraduate programs as of the current academic year, information and strategic communication vice-president of the university, Dr. Fantahun Ayele told ENA.

The number of postgraduate programs the university offers will reach 32 as of the current academic year, he said, adding the new postgraduate programs include eight M.A degree and three PhD degree programs.

Accordingly, he said, the university will be training more than 1,000 students this year at postgraduate level, outstanding postgraduate students included.

He said the M.A programs include courses on Textile, Gender, Economic, and History fields of study while PhD programs include courses on Fishery, Mathematics, and Educational Psychology fields of study.

Ethiopia - Addis Ababa University reforms

September 21st, 2009

Ethiopia - Addis Ababa University reforms

By Addis Mulugeta

Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia's oldest university, said on Thursday, September 17 that it has finalised its Business Process Reengineering (BPR) preparations and has started to implement it at all levels.

BPR focuses on complete structural change and reform within large organisations in the public and private sectors in an attempt to provide more effective services and contribute to development.

Professor Andreas Eshete, President of AAU, confirmed during a press conference at Senate Hall of AAU that this is the culmination of three years of planning and preparation, starting with the development of the five-year strategic plan, which highlighted the need for fundamental structural change across the university and lay out a wide ranging set of goals and objectives.

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Ethiopia - New science curriculum to be applied

September 1st, 2009

Ethiopia - New science curriculum to be applied

By Kirubel Tadesse

In an effort to have high school preparatory program graduates entering universities at a suitable level to cope with the new 70/ 30 formula, a new science curriculum will be applied in the coming academic year in Ethiopia.

70/ 30 is a break down of students, favoring natural science studies. The Government wants to promote students studying various first degree science programs in state run universities and other higher educational facilities.

The change in the curriculum means new text books for both grade 11 and 12 students in the preparatory program. The national entrance exam is also expected to go through a reform, effective as of next academic year. The Ministry of Education (MoE) recently announced that grade 12 students will sit for seven exams, adding two exams to the five that have been standard for the last few years.

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Ethiopian professor battling to build Public library

August 9th, 2009

Determined UVic prof battling to build Ethiopian library

VICTORIA - There’s a mantra that guides Abebe Teklu: nothing is impossible.

“Everyone can do whatever they want with persistence and determination,” says the University of Victoria professor, as his guide dog Talisha sits at his feet, shedding golden Labrador hairs over his dark pants.

Teklu, enthusiasm transforming his pock-marked face, knows he has an extraordinary story, but insists he has no extraordinary talents.

“I am not a gifted person,” he said.

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