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Press Release

September 19, 2017

MoE and JICA Sign Record of Discussions for Mathematical Understanding for Science and Technology (MUST) project

A Record of Discussions (R/D) was signed between the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on September 19, 2017, by Mr. Berhanu Moreda, Acting State Minister and Mr. Ken Yamada, Chief Representative, JICA Ethiopia Office.

The purpose of the R/D is to establish a mutual agreement between the two parties to implement the project for Mathematical Understanding for Science and Technology (MUST). This project will focus on establishing model schools that will serve two purposes: the first is to be a Center of Excellence in each region and the second is to be a model for low-performing schools and to raise the level of student's knowledge by improving teaching practices and adding remedial classes.

Through the MUST project, JICA experts and Ethiopian educators will work together to develop lesson support materials for students to enhance conceptual understanding and develop mathematical skills. After the trial period, the plan is to disseminate the support materials nation-wide.

The total number of model schools will range from 22 to 33 schools and will benefit students and teachers of grades one to eight. At this stage the project will only focus on mathematics education; however; JICA will consider advising science teachers. In July 2917, JICA finalized its three year "Capacity Development for Improving Learning Achievement in Mathematics and Science" (LAMS) project which was worked on building the capacity of science teachers for grades seven and eight.

Lesson support materials for students and teachers will first be drafted by Japanese experts and will then be re-drafted to fit into the Ethiopian context by Ethiopian educators. The MUST project has a five-year timeline with the projected end-date set for 2022.

PhotoMr. Berhanu Moreda and Mr. Ken Yamada signed the five-year (MUST) project agreement to improve mathematics education in Ethiopia

PhotoMr. Berhanu Moreda and Mr. Ken Yamada signed the five-year (MUST) project agreement to improve mathematics education in Ethiopia


PhotoMr. Berhanu Moreda and Mr. Ken Yamada signed the five-year (MUST) project agreement to improve mathematics education in Ethiopia

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