A fruitful dialogue between partners
JSR participants were divided into groups to share their thoughts on the strategy and brainstorm on how the government of Ethiopia can further improve collaboration with development partners in order to achieve better results in education.
Participants were deeply engaged in dialogue and provided several insights and recommendations including:
- The Education Roadmap 2030 is highly ambitious and outlines numerous priorities; prioritizing certain interventions could make the strategy more focused and achievable.
- It would be useful to further clarify on how past achievements and challenges have informed proposed decisions and reforms.
- CSOs should be more actively engaged to better support the Education Roadmap 2030 going forward.
More children in school, but need for expanded access in ECCE and secondary schools
The mid-term review analyzed the progress made during the first three years of the education sector development program V implementation. It offered an opportunity to identify key achievements and challenges preventing progress in quality, access, equity, and efficiency, as well as present recommendations to overcome these barriers.
The mid-term review was based on extensive quantitative and qualitative research using EMIS data, implementation reports for GEQIP I and II, annual and biannual official reports, findings from focus groups, as well as reports of education development partners to name a few.
Mr. Elias Wakjira, Director of the Planning and Resource Mobilization Directorate, Ethiopia’s ministry of Education, presented the mid-term review report. The highlighted key achievements included:
- 15 million new students in primary education, signaling the commitment of the government to expand education opportunities.
- The dropout rates for grades 1-8 decreased to less than 10% in three years.
- Access to secondary education showed significant improvement, increasing from 25% to 47.5% between 2014 and 2017.
Regarding the challenges that remain to be addressed in the near future, several were mentioned including that progress in ECCE lags behind other sectors. There is also a need to continue constructing additional secondary schools to meet the rising demand and addressing the needs of internally displaced students, refugees and homeless children.
Several recommendations were discussed, such as launching awareness programs to reach parents and the community on the importance of ECCE; improving education in emergencies support; and building new secondary schools throughout the country.
The feedback collected from stakeholders during the meeting will be used to inform the preparation of the next education plan and the annual work plan. It will also be used to review current education strategies and policies to achieve better results. Additionally, a report with the main findings and recommendations will be written following the JSR meeting.
Participants share their thoughts on the JSR
Several participants expressed how JSRs are an important forum to improve dialogue between partners and the government, as well as to review progress and plan for the future: