Capacity building Workshop is held in Bahir Dar
The capacity building Workshop was held in Bahir Dar as a closure to a Project named “Family literacy and sustainable development: how can we build on indigenous inter-generational learning?. The project has been undertaken in Ethiopia, Nepal, Malawi and the Philippines with the University of East Anglia (United Kingdom) lead with funding from UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) for ODA-eligible GCRF activity. The project period is from September 01/2019 to July 31/2021.
The project has been underway within the framework of UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation, established in 2016 at the University of East Anglia, UK, with member Universities in Ethiopia (Bahir Dar University), Nepal (Tribhuvan University), Egypt (Ain Shams University), Malawi (University of Malawi), and the Philippines (University of Santo Tomas).
As the project has been focusing on capacity building of postgraduate students and early-career researchers, most of the project activities were undertaken by the Masters in Adult Education and Community Development (AECD) students at Bahir Dar University, with a close supervision and mentorship of the Ethiopia UNESCO chair team members.
On the closing session of the workshop, Turuwark Zalalam, the Ethiopian UNESCO Chair coordinator at Bahir Dar University, and PI of this project, remarked that the workshop aimed at promoting conceptual and theoretical understanding of family literacy and learning among students, early-career researchers and practitioners. The project also aimed at creating awareness on how family literacy and learning initiatives can be informed by the existing rich local/indigenous and inter-generational learning in Ethiopia.
In the one-day workshop, three papers were presented by researchers from Bahir Dar and Woldia Universities. The first one focused on a conceptual and theoretical clarification of Family Literacy and Learning; and it was presented by Ermias Tsehay (an early-career researcher at Woldia University, and former AECD student of Bahir Dar University). The second focused on exploring Ethiopian Education and Development Policies and Strategies in relation to family literacy and learning; it was presented by Abiy Menkir (UNESCO chair team member). The third presentation was a report of a qualitative research on the actual practice of family literacy and learning in the Ethiopian context. It was undertaken by a group of MA in AECD students at Bahir Dar University (Haile Mariam Tefera, Yonatan Muhabaw,and Zewditu Birhanu) and presented by Yonatan Muhabaw.
The workshop participants include postgraduate and graduating class undergraduate students of AECD programme at Bahir Dar University, early career researchers from Bahir Dar, Gondar and Woldia Universities, as well as Bahir Dar City government adult literacy programme coordinators. During the workshop, Tizita Lemma and Turuwark Zalalam led the discussions, on which the participants had a lively discussion on the topics presented.