• Project Title - Advancing Quality in Education in the Primary and Lower Secondary Schools in Ethiopia and South Sudan
  • Duration of the project - 2016 to 2021
  • Donor - The Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation (NORAD)
  • Value - 14.9 million NOK
  • Project description - BDU-NORHED project is a 5-year institutional partnership project among Bahir Dar University (BDU), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), and the Univeristy of Juba (UoJ). It aims to build institutional capacity of BDU and UoJ to improve the quality of Science and Mathematics teaching and learning in primary and lower secondary schools. The project has three components: Education, Research, and Institutional Capacity Building. The education component will develop workforce (of which 50% will be females) for Science and Mathematics education. New Master of Education programs in Science Education and Master of Education in Teaching and Learning Mathematics will be developed and launched at Bahir Dar University. During the lifetime of the project, 80 trainees (66 from Ethiopia and 14 from South Sudan) will attend the masters programs. The project mainly intends to support Colleges of Teacher Education (CTE) in Ethiopia, and South Sudan. Hence, the candidates for the masters programs will be teacher educators in the CTEs. It will also involve student and staff-exchange programs to train 12 PhD (8 from BDU and 4 from UJ) and 2 Post-Doc students at NTNU. Research projects will be undertaken with the aim of infusing core practices around STEM education and gender-responsive pedagogy in science and mathematics teachers’ practices. The project will also work to enhance the STEM leadership capacity of University Management; equip the institutions’ STEM incubation centers, and develop ICT-based pedagogical and database support systems