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‘Education Systems Research in Ethiopia and Beyond’ A research event is held at AAU

Addis Ababa University in collaboration with RISE world program hosted a research event under the theme —Education Systems Research in Ethiopia and Beyond’ on January 28, 2020 at College of Business and Economics, Eshetu Chole hall.

Professor Tassew Woldehanna, President of Addis Ababa University in his welcoming remark said, “As you all know, Ethiopian education system has gained considerable achievements in terms of educational expansion, creating access, reducing inequality of access to education, and increasing enrolment of students at all levels over the past 30 years.”

‘In the presence of educational expansion, one of the challenges that could confront the education sector is providing quality education for citizens’ professor Tassew said.

Tassew also noted that, cognizant of this fact, the Ethiopian government has been working hard to improve quality of education in Ethiopia by establishing a program which is called General Education Quality Improvement Program –GEQIP- in 2008.

Professor Tassew further added that, Addis Ababa University (via IER) in collaboration with policy Studies Institute, the Ministry of Education, and Cambridge University of UK has developed a proposal and won a five –year long DFID /Australian Aid grant to analyze the Ethiopian General Education System and to assess the overall impact of GEQIP-E on improving the quality of general education system, of Ethiopia.

H.E Ms Tsion Teklu, State Minister for Education, , in her opening remark said “Education of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia takes 25% of our Nation’s annual government funding; because of this huge investment, we are able to achieve remarkable results in enabling access to education for all.

‘The Ministry of Education gives priority to quality of education, because of that it launched General Education Quality Improvement Program (GEQIP) for over a decade now’ Ms Tsion said.

 H.E Ms Tsion further noted that, Ministry of Education is highly committed to working together with RISE- Ethiopia team and create the desired synergy.

The program was held in two phases of panel discussions. The initial panel discussion focused on ‘Coherence in Ethiopia’s   Quality Education Reform’ Professor Tassew Woldehanna (Addis Ababa University), Professor Pauline Rose (REAL Centre at the University of Cambridge) and Professor Belay Hagos (Addis Ababa University) presented the initial findings of the RISE Ethiopia

This panel will explore RISE Ethiopia’s research examining of the GEQIP-E reforms in Ethiopia that aims to achieve quality education with equity.

The second one targeted on ‘Education System Challenges and Reflection from other RISE countries’. Professor Tahir Andrabi (Pomona College, Lahore University of Management Science), Professor Joan DeJaeghere (University of Minnesota), and Lant Pritchett (Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford) presented their findings.

The General Education Quality Improvement Programme (GEQIP) is the Ethiopian government’s largest education quality programme designed to ensure education to all children. The purpose of GEQIP-E is to strengthen the education system and to foster quality education and achieve, equity among all children.

By: Netsanet Merete January 30, 2020

Photograph: Fikiremariam Beyene