The implementation of the four-year inclusive education development project will start in October 2013. The overall objective of the project is to improve the quality of education in Ethiopia through enhancing capacity in teacher education and Inclusive Education Support Centres, and to increase access to education among children with disabilities. The Special Support and Inclusive Education Core Directorate (SSIED) within the Ministry of Education is the Ethiopian implementing agency for the project.
During the project teacher educators at 33 Colleges of Teacher Education in Ethiopia will receive training on pedagogically oriented courses on inclusive education and the project will also focus on strengthening Inclusive Education Support Centres. Nine new Support Centres will be established in order to provide information and support for parents, students and teachers. The project activities will be focused in three regions: Addis Ababa City Administration, Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s region (SNNPR) and Oromiya.
The project will be implemented in collaboration with Fidida, Finnish Disabled People’s International Development Association. Short-term experts in the project will be inclusive and special education experts from Finnish universities. The project is funded by The Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.
Aija Niskanen (aija.niskanenfcg.fi), Sep 23rd 2013