Ethiopia and UK emphasise partnership at Education World Forum

28 Jan 2019

The annual Education World Forum took place from 20th–23rd January in London, attracting high-level attendance from around the world in the form of government ministers, high-profile figures, and hundreds of education practitioners.

An Ethiopian delegation, headed by Dr. Tilaye Gete, Minister of Education, attended the 4-day event supported by the British government, including the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

During the forum, Dr. Tilaye shared his views on global contemporary strategic problems and issues in education, and highlighted Ethiopia’s education and training road map study.

The UK is one of the biggest donors to Ethiopia’s education sector. Between 2015 and 2018, through DFID, the UK helped 11.4 million children globally to obtain a decent education, and the UK’s priority remains that no one should be left behind.

In Ethiopia, Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has been clear on the importance he personally attaches to improving education, launching the country’s Education Roadmap 2030 in September 2018.

Ethiopia’s budget allocation for education, at 24%, compares favourably with many of its fellow African countries. Its new 4-year General Education Quality Improvement Programme for Equity (GEQIP-E) has a total budget of £1.7 billion.

While visiting Addis Ababa in October 2018, the UK Minister for Africa, Harriett Baldwin MP, announced the country’s continued support for education in Africa, through a contribution to the GEQIP-E worth over £110 million.

The delegation meets with Harriett Baldwin MP, Minister of State for Africa, on the side-lines of the Forum

According to a statement from the British Embassy in Addis Ababa, the UK will work closely with Ethiopia’s Ministry of Education to improve access to education and learning for more than 1 million children, and to improve training for more than 125,000 teachers and head teachers nationwide.

The UK’s focus will be on equity – helping girls in rural areas and people with disabilities and other marginalised groups to access education.

Ethiopia has made important strides in education since the 1990s, with over 26 million children now enrolled in schools, compared to only 10 million a decade ago.

Teacher training and the availability of learning materials have been steadily improving. UK support to Ethiopia’s previous education programme resulted in 1.2 million more children receiving a decent education.

Latest News

Browse all
Ethiopia's Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed is among nominees for the 2019 Chatham House Prize, presented to the person, persons or organization deemed to have made the most significant contribution to the improvement of international relations. Other nominees are Sir David Attenborough and Katrín Jakobsdóttir.
19 Jul 2019
Prime Minister Abiy among Chatham House Prize 2019 Nominees
Much to the chagrin of most Ethiopians, as well as Ethiopia’s development partners, an attempted coup took place on the 22 June 2019 in Bahir Dar, the capital of the Regional State of Amhara. Five officials were killed in the foiled coup, led by the ringleader Brigadier General Asamenew Tsiege.
16 Jul 2019
A shortcut to power is a wrong cut to power
London hosted government ministers and officials, the diplomatic community, journalists, academics and members of civil society, in the first-of-its-kind Global Conference on Media Freedom. Ethiopia was represented by Ambassador Fesseha Shawel and Press Secretary at the Prime Minister’s Office, Billene Seyoum.
12 Jul 2019
Ethiopia takes part in first Global Conference on Media Freedom
Parliament approved a $13.4 billion budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year that began on 8th July. Compared to the previous budget year, this year’s is 12% higher. The government says it will increase investments in key sectors such as agriculture, energy and mining. It also plans to attract more FDI.
9 Jul 2019
Parliament approves $13.4 billion 2019/20 budget
Around 17 British energy companies will be visiting Ethiopia from 14th – 19th July as part of the Energy Catalyst Mission. The key objectives of the mission are to help companies applying for Energy Catalyst Round 7 to obtain an understanding of the energy access issues in Ethiopia and gain links to potential partners.
8 Jul 2019
British energy firms visit Ethiopia to explore opportunities
State Minister of Finance, Eyob Tekalign Tolina, announced plans to grant two telecom licences to private firms and sell a 49% minority stake in Ethio Telecom – a venture that will see foreign multinationals entering one of Africa’s largest markets. The firms are expected to enter Ethiopia’s telecoms market by 2020.
7 Jul 2019
Ethiopia opens telecoms market to foreign investment
On 29th June, the Embassy hosted an exclusive event celebrating Ethiopian food and culture with renowned Ethiopian chef and Guild of Food Writers nominee, Yohanis Gebreyesus Hailemariam, in the presence of Ethiopian Ambassador to the United Kingdom, His Excellency Fesseha Shawel Gebre, and around eighty guests.
5 Jul 2019
Chef Yohanis: Putting Ethiopian Food on the Culinary Map
Coca-Cola highlights Ethiopia’s investment potential in new campaign. The Going Big in Ethiopia campaign features companies engaged in coffee, textiles, logistics, manufacturing and other industries, talking about the vast opportunities the Ethiopian economy offers to global investors.
28 Jun 2019
Going Big in Ethiopia
Ethiopian Airlines, was voted the ‘Best Airline in Africa’ (for the third consecutive year), ‘Best Business Class in Africa’ and ‘Best Economy Class in Africa’ at the 2019 Skytrax World Airlines Awards. On 21st June the airline marked its 6-month anniversary of the direct flight from Manchester to Addis Ababa.
26 Jun 2019
Ethiopian Airlines voted ‘Best Airline in Africa’ + Manchester celebrates 6-month anniversary
In their first adventure together, Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness head to Ethiopia, where they drive through stunning landscapes of Ethiopia to reach the Afar Triangle - the hottest place on earth! Top Gear Producers and presenters said that filming in Ethiopia was the “highlight” of the series.
25 Jun 2019
Top Gear: Ethiopia episode highlight of the series