PCVs in Ethiopia

Break out the old copy books. Peace Corps teachers are returning to Ethiopian schools

In the coming year, Peace Corps will tinker with the assignments new PCVs in Ethiopia will undertake. Projects in agriculture, the environment, and education are in the works

by Barry Hillenbrand (Debre Markos 63–65)

When Peace Corps returned to Ethiopia in 2007 the new PCVs were assigned to work with PEPFAR, the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief. Part of the funding for the grand return of Peace Corps to Ethiopia came out of PEPFAR’s budget, and that helped speed Peace Corps back to Ethiopia in the days when funding was a particular problem. The new groups of  Volunteers have all worked fighting Ethiopia’s pressing AIDS crisis.

But many RPCVs had hoped that Peace Corps/Ethiopia would return to education, a program that made a lasting impression all over the country. Indeed, the new PCVs, hard at work with AIDS programs, were constantly running into people who would ask if they knew “Mr. Bob from Ohio who taught maths” or some other long-remembered teacher they had in secondary school thirty or forty years ago. Peace Corps — and America — still has a good reputation across the country because of Peace Corps teachers.

It now seems that Peace Corps will be returning to teaching. This year Peace Corp will expand assignments for new PCVs to include projects in agriculture and the environment, as well as continuing work in health. In the summer of 2011, PCVs will be sent to Ethiopia to work not only in health and agriculture, but also in teaching. The summer 2011 group may number as many as 70 PCVs. It will probably include English teachers, as well as primary school teachers and English teacher trainers. But details of the new programs, including the size and specialities of the new contingent, are still being worked out by Peace Corps and the Ministry of Education.

Keep clicking into the HERALD. More details are on the way.

One response to “PCVs in Ethiopia

  1. william seraile

    All the recent information about Ethiopia; the constant running into Ethiopians who keep asking me anta habasha nuh? has inspired me after forty-five years to earnestly embark upon Amharic lessons. After four sessions, I know more vocabulary and phrases than I did while in Mekelle from 1963-1965. It has been rewarding so far to begin my effort to master Amharic or at least, to speak it with greater confidence. My astamari is Negus who has taught PC volunteers and Americans who have adopted Ethiopian children. If you live in the NYC area, contact me if you anticipating studying Amharic in the near future.

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