Category: "Education"

Ethiopian students make use of Kahn Academy YouTube videos

February 23rd, 2010

From a bedroom in the San Francisco Bay area, Salman Khan is using the Web to teach math and science to millions. Spencer Michels reports on how the non-profit Kahn Academy is providing educational materials through its free YouTube video library.


YouTube's Khan Academy

Ethiopia - MoU between IIT-Kanpur and Addis Ababa university signed

January 15th, 2010

MoU between IIT-K and Ethiopian university signed

Source: Times of India

KANPUR: The director IIT-K Sanjay Govind Dhande inked a letter of intent with state minister of Ethiopia Dr Adhana Haile towards an academic co-operation for post-graduate studies and faculty interactions between IIT-K and Addis Ababa University, a major higher educational university in Ethiopia, here on Friday.

Though an MoU will be signed later at the end of this month, so far the proposals laid down by Ethiopia have been considered by the institute and therefore, a letter of intent, in this regard has been signed. Head of the Centre for Development of Technical Education (CDTE, to look after organisation of classes through distance learning) at IIT-Kanpur Prof Kalyanmoy Deb said: "We are heading towards engaging ourselves in distance-education for the first time with any country."

The students in Ethiopia will attend classes through video-conferencing which will enable them to directly take part in the classroom studies. The sessions will be interactive in nature, where the students will be taught Mathematics and Chemistry at Masters level by our regular faculty. The distance-learning is expected to start by August or September, added Prof Deb while talking to TOI.

The meeting was attended by the ambassador of the Embassy of Ethiopia in New Delhi, HE Gennet Zewide who is also the vice-president of Addis Ababa University in Ethiopia, Prof Masresha Fetene and a number of faculty members and officials from IIT-K.

On the occasion, possibilities of bright Ethiopian students doing their doctoral studies at IIT-Kanpur was discussed.

Dr Dhande and Dr Adhana talked about future collaborations at the faculty level for carrying out joint research. Gennet said Ethiopia is expanding its university system and would soon require a large number of teachers for its higher education. This activity with IIT-K is planned towards meeting this goal.

UNICEF: Schools for Africa - Ethiopia Video

January 11th, 2010

Schools for Africa aims to benefit 4 million children by creating conditions that will attract children to school, keep them there and provide them with a safe and protective environment where they can learn, play and become masters of their own lives. Working with governments, local authorities and communities initially in six of Africa's most needy countries, UNICEF is helping build basic new schools and repair existing ones. Children receive exercise books, pencils and other learning materials, and UNICEF is training thousands of additional teachers to provide children with quality education.

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Elementary School students in Massachusetts raise money to build library in Ethiopia

December 11th, 2009
Ethiopian students studying at the Gordama School. Somerville children are trying raise money so the school can build a library. Wide Horizons for Children photo

Elementary School students in Massachusetts raise money to build library in Ethiopia

Students at John F. Kennedy Elementary School hope to raise $5,000 to build a library at their sister school in Ethiopia.

They previously donated more than $450 to purchase new desks and chairs for the Gordama School, which serves 1,800 kindergarteners through eighth graders who often sit on the floor in classes averaging 100 students, said Kristen Fudge, a Kennedy School teacher who is co-organizing the program.

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Ethiopia - AAU's College of Development Studies launches new post graduate programs

December 2nd, 2009

Ethiopia - AAU's College of Development Studies launches new post graduate programs

Source: ENA

College of Development Studies (CDS) of the Addis Ababa University (AAU) in Ethiopia said it has launched new post graduate programs in four fields of study in collaboration with the government of France.

CDS Dean, Dr. Mulugeta Fiseha said here on Tuesday that the new programs are in the areas of water and development, food security studies, urban development and management as well as tourism and development.

Dr. Mulugeta said the French government has contributed over four million Birr to conduct research and launch the programs.

He said a total of nearly 100 students are attending the new programs.

Culture and tourism state minister, Tadelech Dalecho on her part said the new programs will enable to curb shortage of skilled human power.

French ambassador to Ethiopia, Belleiad Gealashibe on the occasion said Ethiopia has been registering remarkable development in various development sectors.

France will continue support to the programs, which are believed to strengthen Ethiopia's development endeavours.