More details on PCV teachers returning to Ethiopia
Peace Corps is looking for 40 seasoned ESL teachers to work in teacher training projects
by Nancy E. Horn (Addis Ababa 66–68)
DURING MY LAST VISIT to Ethiopia this summer, I met with Nwando Diallo, the Peace Corps Director in Addis Ababa. She was very busy finalizing Peace Corps’ agreement with the Ministry of Education to bring over 40 English as Second Language teachers in May 2011. USAID will fund the program initially. The Ministry would love to field 300 ESL teachers, but budget restrictions clearly prevent the deployment of a number of that size at this time.
The plan, subject to further adjustments of course, calls for five Volunteers to be placed at different Teacher Training Colleges. The remainder of the PCVs will go to Cluster Center schools that are not too far from the Training Colleges. Under present arrangements, Ethiopia’s more than 35 Teacher Training Colleges take students who have completed 10th grade and pass an entrance exam. Students remain at the Training Colleges for three years, first earning a certificate and then a diploma. After completion of their studies, they are deployed within their own regions.
Cluster Center Schools emerged as the result of over 20 years of USAID-funded work by the Academy for Educational Development to develop a workable process for in-service teacher training. Faculty from Teacher Training Colleges visit the Cluster Center schools to deliver workshops. Under the management of the Woreda Education Office, teachers in surrounding satellite schools attend the workshops. They are expected to return to their respective schools to pass on what they have learned. But because of a number of problems, teachers do not always share what they have learned with their colleagues.
USAID and Peace Corps, working in partnership, hope to overcome this cascading blockage by putting PCVs who are experienced ESL teachers at the Cluster Center Schools to provide guidance and follow-up to the workshops. The PCVs at the Cluster Schools will visit the satellite schools to assist the teachers in delivering workshops in their respective schools.
The Teacher Training Colleges are located in the regional capitals, with very livable surroundings compared to the environments we served in the ’60s and ’70s. These towns have electricity, running water, and shops that sell just about everything. The locations have a good bus transportation system and both government and private hospitals.
Sound enticing? Recruitment for these positions will soon be taking place. Check out the Peace Corps Website or stop in to your local Peace Corps recruiting office and find out more. Training, in country only, should begin some time in May, 2011, with PCVs moving into their locations and beginning their work with the start of the school year in September.
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