Sir Michael Barber, a global expert on education reform, presented the concept of Deliverology (Delivery Program) to senior Ethiopian government officials at the Prime Minister’s office on 18 July, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Ethiopian Ministry of Education and the Prime Minister office jointly organized the meeting which was chaired by HE, the Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Hailemariam Desalegn.
Sir Michael Barber, during the assembly, noted that education leaders should follow this approach to manage and monitor the implementation of activities that have significant impact on students learning outcomes. According to him, Deliverology focuses on how to reform public services effectively and is meant to change the way government works.
HE Hailemariam Desalegn then provided rationale to the leadership team about the importance of Deliverology in guaranteeing the success of the education system by ensuring quality and delivering the criterions put down.
HE, the Minister of Ministry of Education, Dr Shiferaw Tekelemariam also said that the advance that had been generated or achieved in the past 25 years in the country should be buffered by ensuring quality, increasing awareness, and harmonising scientific and procedural systems. HE Shiferaw continued that ‘by adopting Deliverology as per their specific context, all parties involved in the education and training effort in the country should ensure quality in education to produce the human resource that is needed by the economy in a relatively short period of time’.
It is expected that Deliverology in Ethiopia will come into effect in September 2017, which is the beginning of the next Ethiopian fiscal year.
The UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office supported an initial phase of the Delivery programme in education as part of the Quality Education Strategic Support Programme (QESSP) which is run by the British Council. The programme aims to accelerate and enhance educational outcomes in Ethiopia.