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New U.S. Investment to Help Ethiopia’s Education System Prepare University Graduates for the Workplace

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Ethiopia’s Minister of Science and Higher Education, USAID and Save the children during the signing agreement. Photo credit: US embassy Addis Ababa

US Embassy in Addis Ababa
September 23, 2019

Addis Ababa, The United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Save the Children and Ministry of Science and Higher Education announced $2 million in new institutional capacity development support to Ethiopian higher education institutions through USAID’s Building the Potential of Youth Activity (POTENTIAL); a five-year project implemented by Save the Children.

The support will address some of the existing gaps between the skillsets of university students and the demands of the job market they will face after graduation. The initiative will partner with Bahir Dar, Hawassa, Jigjiga, Jimma, Mekelle and Semera universities to equip graduates with the skills necessary to pursue and land appropriate job opportunities. The capacity building will focus on high-order thinking skills, positive self-concepts, self-control and social skills to strengthen graduates’ employability. The activity will facilitate learning exchanges between universities at the national level as well as cross (inter) institutional peer exchanges while also developing a digital platform to link employers with educational institutes.

The six partner universities will in turn, create partnerships with Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions (TVET) in their geographic regions to address skills mismatches, improve graduates’ employability and create partnerships with the private sector and potential employers. Brandeis University from Massachusetts, USA will provide technical support during the implementation of this initiative in partnership with Save the Children.

At the launch, Sonjai Reynolds-Cooper, Director of USAID’s Education and Youth office said, “We believe investing in education is one of the best investments we can all make – as this initiative will support Ethiopia’s Journey to self-reliance in line with the country’s education system reforms”. Through this initiative, the partner universities and TVET colleges will be able to produce graduates with market relevant skills and experiences.

The United States is the largest bilateral donor to Ethiopia and has invested more than $3.5 billion in development and humanitarian assistance over the past five years to help people across the country lead healthier and more prosperous lives. The United States has long been one of the leading investors in Ethiopia’s education system and works with a range of partners to support the educational achievement of 15 million Ethiopian children.

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7 COMMENTS

    • another melaku fenenta, gonderew chefchafi, genocide expert

      You are too blind to see what TPLF had coducted in the past 27 years.

      You and your like-alike neftegna gangester are too ignorant to understand the changes made by TPLF, offspring of Tigrean.

      Many of your fellow amhara youths were destined to stay at home after completing thier high school diploma. Some became robbers, killers and some start to sweep roads . Since they couldn’t go to universties in the absence of good and qualified high school grades allowing them to access universties.

      Thanks to TPLF, we are able to study in the higher academic institutions regardless of our academic performanace and grades we obtained in our final high school year.

      We have several new hospitals, roads, infrastructure, modren public trasnportation.

      We were also authorised to take loans and change our life style . There are many youngsters who are able transforl their life and that of thier family members on teh account of the loan given by the TPLF leadership and thier motivation.

      But many of donot want to recognize this outcome and transormation as you have ethonopathic and cancerous disease.

      I am afraid you will never be able to heal from this illness as it deeprooted into your heart and you are possessed by this demonic virus which controls nearly your entire body.

      We will pary for you damn guys.

    • This people are the one exploiting our resouces; Can you imagine that how much money we are spending to buy a single product from western countries ???

      The currency exchange rate between african countries and western world is extremely high. We must spend 30 ETB to buy something that cost ca.1 dollar.

      Our food is exported to US and other western countries while our citizens are starving. There are many resturants here and there selling our products in the name of exchange culture and etc

      These are one of the factors that exacerbate the inflation back home. Many poor people can not afford to buy teff if we are exporting in such a way. People who have family abroad can manage to survive while others are starving.

      This act affects many sectors. Look at the history of hunger nicknamed irish potato : people starve to death because theier products were sold to other countries in inhumane act of consipracy.

      Education, investment etc are now also becoming a means to colonize people and brainwash the targeted nation.

      If these people were really to help our country , they donot abuse migrants who come to live peacefully by simply defaming them econbomic and illegal criminal migrants.

      This is act of barbarism. The are the one meddling in afrucan life and politcs causing violence among nations and tribes using the blacksheep who were born and raised among us, snoopers.

      • you are right rachel

        they are building thier image in africa pretending to be generous, kind and inb then guise of promoting bilateral relationship.

        They give fraction of pennies there so as we could think that they are peaceful and friendly people . They are absolutely robbers and killers . Our daughters and sons are not suffering and killed in Saudi arabia and other arab countries but in the westernworld too.

  1. MELES ZENAWI ORDERED GOONS SUCH AS THE NOW PRIME MINISTER ABIY AHMED TO ATTACK /MASS MURDER INNOCENT SOMALIANS FOR DECADES, MELES ZENAWI CLAIMED EPRDF IS ATTACKING SOMALIANS BECAUSE THEY ARE REBEL GROUPS THAT ARE COMMITTING GENOCIDE ON THEIR OWN PEOPLE WHILE THE TRUTH WAS IT WAS EPRDF GOONS SUCH AS THE NOW PRIME MINISTER ABIY AHMED THAT WERE COMMITTING THE GENOCIDE IN SOMALIA.

    NOW THE WEST KNOWS THE TRUTH THAT EPRDF IS THE BIGGEST TERRORIST IN THE REGION SO THEY ARE LETTING THE SOMALIANS GET THEIR JUSTICE AGAINST THE CRIMINALS, INNOCENT ETHIOPIANS NEED TO GET EDUCATED TO PEACEFULLY HAND OVER THESE WAR CRIMINALS-EPRDF-GOONS OVER TO THE VICTIMS SO THE VICTIMS CAN HAVE THEIR JUSTICE , ETHIOPIANS GOT NO BUSINESS SIDING WITH THESE EPRDF GOONS WHO MURDERED INNOCENT SOMALIANS.

  2. Subject: “New U.S. Investment to Help Ethiopia’s Education System Prepare University Graduates for the Workplace , US Embassy in Addis Ababa, September 23, 2019”

    Commentary, 24 Sept 2019
    To “prepare University Graduates for the workplace” is – needless to say — a splendid idea. No question about it. And it is not a new idea for Ethiopia – and for that matter for the entire Continent of Africa for African students to go abroad by millions (with enthusiasm and boundless happiness) in the preparation for the challenges awaiting them back Home. That was the favorite, normal, nationalistic objective on the front. The truth and reality on the background, however, is something else i.e. 180 degree out of phase from the tooted promise. Africa itself, in totality, is a perfect witness for such a phenomenon. One cardinal question is enough to describe the REALITY of Africa >>> Why is it that Ethiopia, and in general Africa, is where it is TODAY after one hundred years of ‘modern’ education.

    By the way, here is an interesting quotation from the news item, “New U.S. Investment”: QUOTE: The United States is the largest bilateral donor to Ethiopia and has invested more than $3.5 billion in development and humanitarian assistance over the past five years to help people across the country lead healthier and more prosperous lives.” UNQUOTE Let every Ethiopian Reader be the judge, if the Ethiopian people, and Africa in general, ever “lead healthier and more prosperous lives” any period of time during the last century.

    Anyway, going back to my mini-dissertation, surely, one would expect that, in one hundred years of benefiting ‘modern’ education and experience (abroad and at home) African organizations and work places should be able to ‘prepare’ their ‘modern’ educated employees for their respective workplaces. For example, let us take Ethiopian Airlines. That Organization is the most successful Airline, not only in Africa but also throughout the world. Ethiopian Airlines is an exemplary African organization that has reached where it is TODAY for the simple reason that it PREPARED ITS EMPLOYEES according to the demands and objective of the Airline. Note: I have absolutely nothing to do with EAL.

    What Africa needs is to RELY on ITS OWN INITIATIVE and well-defined OBJECTIVES in the development of their respective countries. Bits and pieces of the so-called ‘grant of education and training, here and there’ is NOT the answer to the Development of Africa.

    Warning: I am NOT against education and training. What I am against is the USE of Africa by other entities for their long-range political agenda through useless schemes and sophisticated maneuvering to keep AFRICA where it is today and use the Continent for the benefit of others. It is the most insidious refined ‘colonialism’ starting from the foundation to arrest the Mind of THE AFICAN CHILD through the so-called ‘modern’ education. Take foreign languages: the instrument to arrest the Mind of the African Child and eventually the entire population of the African RACE. What do we have? English, French, Italian, Russian — and now Chinese language >>> the EASTERN DETERMINED FORCE by which to replace the Western Colonialism in all fields of activity for the sole purpose of colonizing the Mind of the Black African Race. By the way (to my knowledge) in one African country there is already a Chinese School starting from the level of elementary as a foundation. Where it leads is obvious.

    Conclusion: Needless to say, this paper is my opinion based on the concept of Freedom of Expression as tooted by Free and Democratic Countries of the World who are, of course, fighting each other [diplomatically] to control and enrich themselves out of the richest and hapless Continent on earth: BLACK AFRICA >>> the playground of colonialism in all its forms and nuances. By the way, a President of the most powerful country on Earth called the Continent of Africa a “SHITHOLE” to which an African Dictator – President for LIFE, with a Ph D Degree, [Yes, the Highest Degree in academic world] OPENLY agreed to that obnoxious and demeaning statement. Psychologically, We AFRICANS are condemned for LIFE. THE END

  3. It is all about thier financial interest that bring them to africa changing thier tactics after tactics all the time to own Africa and the mentality of Aficans.

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