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Education for Some? : Community-based primary education programs in Africa moving from access to quality – a look at World Learning programs in Ethiopia

Start Date

10-8-2010 1:30 PM

End Date

10-8-2010 3:00 PM

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Ethiopia’s gross enrollment rate has skyrocketed in the past ten years. Significant inputs are required to keep up with this groundbreaking level of demand — but not only in terms of access. By enhancing the quality of education in primary schools, this unprecedented expansion can be effectively addressed, but how can this be carried out? What has Education for All (EFA) looked like at the classroom and community level? What are some coping strategies with limited resources? These are some of the questions that have been asked in the race to scale up while keeping a tailored approach. World Learning strategies in Ethiopia include strengthening the capacity of teachers and education personnel. Activities include developing students’ ability to use child-to-child approaches for education; capacity enhancement of PTAs, Girls’ Education Advisory Committees (GEACs); and School Improvement Awards complemented by community contributions. Decentralization has largely been the umbrella under which many strategies have been grouped. Clusters have been a driving force for sustainable localized services, but what happens when they’re not functioning as planned and how is this rectified? Where do School Development Agents fit in? And finally, what effect do varying contexts have on program approaches?

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Education for Some? : Community-based primary education programs in Africa moving from access to quality – a look at World Learning programs in Ethiopia

Ethiopia’s gross enrollment rate has skyrocketed in the past ten years. Significant inputs are required to keep up with this groundbreaking level of demand — but not only in terms of access. By enhancing the quality of education in primary schools, this unprecedented expansion can be effectively addressed, but how can this be carried out? What has Education for All (EFA) looked like at the classroom and community level? What are some coping strategies with limited resources? These are some of the questions that have been asked in the race to scale up while keeping a tailored approach. World Learning strategies in Ethiopia include strengthening the capacity of teachers and education personnel. Activities include developing students’ ability to use child-to-child approaches for education; capacity enhancement of PTAs, Girls’ Education Advisory Committees (GEACs); and School Improvement Awards complemented by community contributions. Decentralization has largely been the umbrella under which many strategies have been grouped. Clusters have been a driving force for sustainable localized services, but what happens when they’re not functioning as planned and how is this rectified? Where do School Development Agents fit in? And finally, what effect do varying contexts have on program approaches?