Ambassador Andreas Gaarder and Ethiopia’s State Minister for General Education H.E. Dr. Tilaye Gete signing of the Memorandum of UnderstandingAmbassador Andreas Gaarder and Ethiopia’s State Minister for General Education H.E. Dr. Tilaye Gete signing of the Memorandum of Understanding

Education: Signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)

Last updated: 21.01.2016 // On January 14, 2016, The Norwegian Embassy in Addis Ababa hosted a Joint Norwegian –Ethiopian Conference on Education. The conference marked the 20+ years of the Norwegian and Ethiopian partnership in higher education, and launched the new Norwegian education initiative on general education in Ethiopia. A Strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by the two countries, for further cooperation in the Education Sector.

Signing of MOU. 
Photo: Vintage Pixels Photography.
Signing of MOU. Photo: Vintage Pixels Photography 

Ethiopia has been chosen as one of four focus countries for Norway’s work on education. Ethiopia understands the importance of education and use much of their own resources on getting good education for all. During the last 20 years the Government of Ethiopia has increased the number of universities from two to more than thirty.

Norway and Ethiopia will work on general education, focusing on access particularly for girls and marginalized groups as well as quality of education. Education in crisis and long-term goals will also be relevant in the cooperation.

On 19 November 2015, the Norwegian and Ethiopian Governments have signed Phase IV of the Institutional Collaboration between Hawassa, Mekelle and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences, which will run from 2015-2019. On Thursday 14 January 2016, the two countries signed a Strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for cooperation within the General Education Sector.

The Joint Norwegian –Ethiopian Conference on Education reminded people how important education is for sustainable development. The conference brought together more than 100 participants from Ethiopia and Norway who have contributed to education in Ethiopia.


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