Digital Education in Ethiopia

Ethiopia has developed “Digital Strategy Ethiopia 2025” as a roadmap for the country’s digital transformation. In line with this strategy, the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ministry of Education (MoE) has approved the Digital Skills Country Action Plan (DSCAP) for 2020-2030.
The Ethiopian higher education system has been expanding over the last decades. Currently, there are 50 public universities hosting more than half a million students in undergraduate and postgraduate programs. After years of investment to expand university uptake capacity, the MoE is taking a strategic shift towards digital education as a cost effective, sustainable, and resilient alternative delivery modality.
Though Ethiopian Higher Education Institutes (HEIs) have made significant investments aimed at building connectivity and enhancing the ICT infrastructure, the state of digital education remains limited. Currently there is no public university offering accredited online degrees at undergraduate or postgraduate levels. The absence of online education as an alternative modality has not only resulted in compromised quality, affordability, and accessibility of education but also made the sector vulnerable to external shocks. The latter was particularly pronounced during the COVID-19 pandemic when all the HEIs were closed and unable to reach their students.

About e-SHE
The e-Learning for Strengthening Higher Education (e-SHE) is a five-year multi stakeholder initiative implemented by the FDRE Ministry of Education in partnership with Master card Foundation, Arizona State University, Shayashone PLC, and the 50 Ethiopian public universities. It intends to strengthen the capacities of public universities to deliver online education. Conceived to boost the relevance, quality, access, and resilience of higher education in Ethiopia, the e-SHE initiative will develop and support the establishment of state of the art facilities and systems for reliable online education in higher education in Ethiopia.
A five-year initiative, whose crucial ground works have been put in place in the past 10 months, e-SHE is looking to achieve the following targets:

  • 50 Public Universities
  • 800,000 Students
  • 35,000 Instructors
  • 5 Multimedia Studios
  • 2 Model Digital Courses

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