ADDIS ABEBA – A national conference on Comprehensive Review of the General Education Curriculum in Ethiopia kicked off at the Skylight hotel Wednesday.
At the meeting, State Minister of Education, Tsion Teklu said that the review, which started eight months ago, strives for the curriculum to ensure children reach their fullest potential in Ethiopia.
The ministry hired a consultant, Cambridge Assessment International, to look into the current general education curriculum and come up with a new one within three years.
The three-year review process is being conducted with the finance support of Unicef.
A document, which is a result of the first phase of the process, is currently under discussion among major actors in the sector in the meeting.
The document says challenges related to inclusiveness, technology use, and diversification as gaps in the existing curriculum.
The second part of the study will continue in the coming two years, after gathering information from the consultative meeting.
Ministry of education’s curriculum development director, Eshetu Asefaw, said, once they identified the gaps, the next process will focus on curriculum preparation.
The preparation will include basic and essential components in the education system, which is included in the existing system, he said.
The director advised to look into experiences of countries like South Africa, India, and Kenya while developing the curriculum.
UNICEF Representative in Ethiopia, Adele Khodr, said the two day Conference comes “at an appropriate time” when many countries are reviewing their curricula to respond to the needs of the 21st century.
“The recommendations from this process, to be presented today and tomorrow, are based on the views of teachers, parents, students, and other stakeholders,” said the country director of Unicef, which financed about 15 million Birr on the first phase of the review.
By Sisay Sahlu