12.07.2018 - UNESCO Office in Addis Ababa

UNESCO Strengthens Information and Communication Technology in Secondary Schools in Ethiopia

Students of Wondiyirad Secondary School and Bole Secondary Schools in Addis Ababa City Administration will have their digital skills improved thanks to UNESCO’s donation of ICT equipment to their schools. It was done based on the needs raised by the beneficiaries and preliminary analyses of the schools’ environment.  The equipment consist of loud speakers, amplifiers, microphones, recorders, radios, computers and USB drivers were delivered to the two secondary schools. The Directors of both schools; Mr. Kassu Tumsa, Director of Wondiyirad Secondary School expressed their appreciation for UNESCO support and informed us that:   “Before the mini media room lacked tools, now students can use the items to improve, among the others, their presentation and communication skills. Thanks to the provided equipment, they will learn to be self-confident while expressing themselves”.  

Whereas, Mr. Wondim Kebede, Director of Bole Secondary School stated:   “The donated materials will be extremely useful to enhance the co-curricular activity mini media. The media items will also support the transmission of lessons and trainings, and they will allow a better exchange of information in the school also about gender issues”.  

In Ethiopia, many schools are lacking information technology-based educational materials. This is a major challenge in the age of new media when digital skills are an essential asset of the job market. The Ethiopian education system should respond to such challenge, not only taking into consideration the development in digital technologies but also the need to access the information and knowledge nowadays available to a greater number of people throughout the world. To address this challenge, this support is part of UNESCO efforts to contribute to the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 aiming to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” through the UNESCO-HNA Partnership for Girls’ and Women’s Education project. The project strives to provide quality education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), engage especially adolescent girls in these subjects, which are fundamental for a smooth transition into the world of work.  

The UNESCO Liaison Office in Addis Ababa will plan follow-up visits to the two schools in order to evaluate the impact, in particular in terms of the engagement of female students. The office will also guide the schools in creating a friendly environment for comprehensive sexuality education, using these devices to equip young people with the knowledge and skills to make responsible choices in their lives, empowering them, especially adolescent girls, to make informed decisions about their sexuality and relationships freely, and teaching them how to safely navigate the use of ICTs.In future,  UNESCO will consider similar support to secondary schools in other two regions of Ethiopia.




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