Ethiopia's Education Minister visits Faculty of Social and International Studies
Shiferaw Shigutie Wolassa, Minister of Education for the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia visited the University on January 22. The Minister and his delegation met with Robert Parkin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Knowledge Transfer), Professor Donna Lee, Dean of the Faculty of Social and International Studies and Professor David Francis, Head of Peace Studies.
The purpose of the visit was to carry on earlier conversations around peace education and explore wider partnerships with the university including staff exchanges and scholarships. The talks focused on a proposed partnership between the University and the Government of Ethiopia.
One element that was discussed was the role the university will play in the introduction of peace education to the national curriculum, starting at primary school level. Scholarships were also discussed and the role they can play in “training the trainers” through building capacity within the Ethiopian university sector. The visit builds on the honorary doctorate awarded to the Ethiopian Deputy Prime Minister in 2013 and the VC-led corporate visit to Ethiopia in June 2014.
Pictured left to right: Berhanu Kebede, Ambassador of Ethiopia to the United Kingdom, Dean of the Faculty of Social and International Studies at Bradford Donna Lee, Shiferaw Shigutie Wolassa, Minister of Education for the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia Ato Shiferaw Shigutie, Head of Peace Studies at Bradford David Francis and Ato Wondwossen Mitku, State Minister for Technical and Vocational