July 15, 2017
On July 15, 2017, the Capacity Development for Improving Learning Achievement in Mathematics and Science Education (LAMS) wrapped up its final workshop series after three years and awarded its participants certificates. The final workshop, held at Rift Valley Hotel in Adama, was attended by Mr. Ken Yamada, Chief Representative of JICA Ethiopia as well as Mr. Belayneh Teferra, Head of the Mathematics and Science Improvement Center (MSIC) within the Ministry of Education (MoE).
The LAMS project, funded by JICA, and implemented with the coordination of the MoE was geared towards improving the quality of mathematics and science education in Ethiopia to accelerate industrial growth. By monitoring and evaluating the curriculum, classroom lessons and assessments (tests) of 7th and 8th grade classrooms measure can be taken to improve teachings.
The LAMS project, in close consultation with the MoE was able to invite relevant experts and school teachers from all the regions in Ethiopian to attend 10 capacity building workshops spread over almost three years. Trainings especially focused on item writing and the development of teaching aid materials (workbooks and modules) for science and mathematics.
Speaking at the final workshop, Dr Norimichi Toyomane, team leader of the LAMS project, said "Over 9,000 question items have been developed....this is a remarkable achievement", he also went on to advise the MoE to adopt the workbooks developed through the workshops.
In addition to the workshops, 38 teachers representing each region had the opportunity to visit Japan where they were able to observe mathematics classes, learn the basics of test construction, and curriculum analysis.
"We appreciate JICA's support in helping us improve science and mathematics education in Ethiopia," said Mr. Belayneh, on the occasion, "there is still a lot of work to be done in order for us to reach our goal of becoming a middle-income by 2020, and science and mathematics are the basis for our industrial progress," he added.
Mr Yamada also appreciated both the Ethiopian and Japanese experts on their tireless efforts for item writing and workbook production. He reminded them to "be proud of themselves for achieving their targets and contributing to the improvement of education in Ethiopia".
JICA Ethiopia has been a part of the Ethiopian government's efforts to improve access to basic and secondary education by building over 50 primary and secondary schools in Oromia, SNNPR and Amhara regions. Going forward JICA is preparing to construct additional secondary schools in Tigray region, through a Grant Aid program with the Government of Ethiopia.
Group photo of LAMS participants and JICA experts
Mathematics teachers and experts team
Chemistry teachers and experts team
Physics teachers and experts team
Biology teachers and experts team