June 11, 2014
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) Ethiopia Office and the Federal Ministry of Education (MOE) have signed Record of Discussion (R/D) to implement the project for the Implementation of "the Project for Capacity Development for Improving Learning Achievement in Mathematics and Science Education".
The R/D was signed on 11th June 2014 at the HQ of the Ministry of Education between H.E. Ato Fuad Ibrahim, State Minster of Ministry of Education and Mr JinKimaki, Chief Representative of JICA Ethiopia Office with the presence of witnesses from the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED).
The project, which will be implemented nationwide for the coming three years, has major objective, in qualitatively improving the pedagogical basic foundation for mainly at grade 7 and 8 so as to improve students' learning achievement in the Mathematics and Science Education.
The project is expected to extensively benefit the education experts and institutional capacity of different units of the Ministry of Education, Regional Education Bureaus in the field of examination and assessment, curriculum development with the view of qualitatively increasing learning achievement of students in the field of science and mathematics subjects. Dispatching JICA technical experts, provision of training and equipment would be an integral part of the Project.
According to the R/D, the Project will be implemented within the framework of the Agreement on Technical Cooperation signed on 01 December 2011 and the Note Verbal exchanged on 14 June 2013 between the Government of Japan and the Government of Ethiopia represented by JICA, Ethiopia Office and MOE respectively.
It is known that the Ministry of Education, together with JICA Ethiopia Office, has successfully implemented the National Project for the Strengthening Mathematics and Science Education in Ethiopia (SMASEE) for establishing a model of In Service Teacher Training (INSET) for grade 7 and 8 primary schools mathematics and science teachers in three target regions namely Amhara, Oromiya and Addis Ababa. Currently the SMASEE model is owned by the MOE and scaled up nationwide as best practice.