Citizenship Foundation go to Ethiopia
The Citizenship Foundation was invited to Ethiopia last week by the Ministry of Education and the British Council to give training on interactive teaching and learning methods in citizenship education.Civic and Ethical Education is a compulsory subject for all students in Grades 5-12 in Ethiopia (ages 11-18) where they receive three 40 minutes lessons per week.
During the week, Shula Maibaum and Ted Huddleston gave a three day training workshop in Addis Ababa for 50 participants who are currently involved in revising national textbooks for Civic and Ethical Education. They also spent two days visiting secondary schools where they observed Civic and Ethical Education lessons and met with the State Minister for Education.
Ted Huddleston spoke about the week saying “"Although Ethiopia is a very poor country - in absolute rather than relative terms, the issues surrounding the implementation of civic education in Ethiopian schools are in many ways similar to those in this country: uncertainty about the aims of the subject in schools, lack of training for teachers and resources that fail to capture the imagination of or sufficiently challenge students.”
The Citizenship Foundation supports, works with and learns from practitioners and organisations based elsewhere when opportunities that are in keeping with our core purpose, vision and mission arise. International work, and an ethos that is determinedly internationalist, is an important aspect of our activity. Promoting education for democracy and human rights internationally, our work includes, teacher education, policy advice and consultancy, resource and curriculum development and working with young people.