My primary responsibility at Woldia College of Teacher Education in the 2010-12011 academic year was leading 25 teacher educators to complete Ministry of Education approved Higher Diploma Program. This program was designed in 2003 by some VSO volunteers with Ethiopian colleagues and was so successful that the Ethiopian Ministry of Education adopted it for the whole country. It included modules on active learning, continuous assessment, reflective practice and action research,with mentoring and peer support involved, always with an emphasis on active and participatory learning. I enjoyed being the one to successfully introduce it in Woldia.
As a gender adviser working within the Ethiopian Ministry of Education Gender directorate from 2011-2013 I was asked to research, write, edit and word process documents, often taking photos to include in presentations and reports to donors and government officials. I am involved in design and facilitation of training on gender mainstreaming and in supportive supervision visits to universities and colleges around the country. I am expected to share skills and build the capacity of my colleagues to push forward the millennium development goal #3 of goal of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment in a country where the gender gap is very, very wide but the potential is there top be tapped!
My new role will take me back to Ethiopia for a couple of months starting mid-January 2015 to work as a Program Adviser for a brand new Cuso International program in Ethiopia. It will focus on reproductive,maternal, new-born and child health (RMNCH) in two regions in sou=thern Ethiopia. I will assist the Cuso office in stakeholder mapping, identifying baseline indicators, SWOT analysis, gender audit, etc.