Training provided on Family Literacy and Learning and Community Learning Centres (CLCs) for All Regions’ Adult Education Experts and University Instructors

The UNESCO Chair Programme at Bahir Dar University has also organized and provided another round of training on the concepts of family literacy and learning, and community learning centres (CLCs) as part of the Family Literacy International Project from 23-24 February/2022 to all National Regional States and City Administrations in the country as well as for all the 12 universities in Ethiopia that have Adult Education Degree Programme. Besides, postgraduate (MA AECD) students of Bahir Dar University took part in this training. Representatives from the Federal Ministry of Education were also there. Around 30 participants took part. Mr. Koye Kassa, a Research and Community Services Vice Dean at the College of Education and Behavioural Sciences opened this training. At the end of the training, Mrs. Haregua Mamo from the Ministry of Education made a closing remark. Among other things, she criticized that the different regions perform differently on various programmes, including adult education despite uniform attention and support they get from the ministry, which shows the commitment and attention given by the different regions. She commended the coming together of university academics and regional experts together. And, she reminded university academics, all regions and city administrations to work in collaboration in order to achieve better results in the field of Adult Education. She also said that this training on family literacy and learning, and CLC will be instrumental in realizing better programmes in the future. Besides, she reflected that family literacy and learning is already being practiced in the community, and that it is not a totally new phenomenon to Ethiopian context. She reminded the participants that it would be important to build on from the already existing indigenous practices while thinking about family literacy and learning. Regarding CLCs, she said that they can be learning spaces for people of all ages and conditions in every community in the country.