Sixteen years ago the idea emerged from Sir Michael Barber, a global expert on education reform (AKA Father of Deliverology) when Tony Blair was prime minister in the UK. Now the concept is being adopted by many countries including Ethiopia.
Following a presentation to senior Ethiopian government officials at the Prime Minister’s office on 18 July, Sir Michael Barber ran a workshop for three days entitled “Driving Results in Education Deliverology” which took place in Adama, Ethiopia, in the presence of 600 education leaders.
The workshop, which ran from 19 – 21 July was officially opened by HE Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn. In his opening address, HE Hailemariam communicated that the role of the leadership team is paramount in ensuring quality education. He also noted that if implemented wisely and committedly, Deliverology can boost the education packages.
After the Prime Minister’s address, Sir Michael Barber, while explaining the concept to the participants, illustrated the way certain countries (Punjabi in Pakistan, Brunei, UK and Republic of South Africa) achieved a quality education by implementing Deliverology. He also indicated that, in addition to the education sector, the methodology can be used to improve quality in other sectors such as health and law enforcement.
HE, Dr Shiferaw Teklemariyam, the Minister of Ministry of Education of Ethiopia, also elaborated the concept for the participants and indicated that Deliverology is about ambitious aspiration, transformation, high-level quality outcomes and genuine participation among all stakeholders. He added that it is a proven process which governments can use to cut through obstacles and achieve results that people can touch, feel and see.
It is expected that Deliverology will come into effect in September 2017, which is the beginning of the next Ethiopian fiscal year.
The UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) is currently supporting an initial phase of the Delivery programme in education as part of the British Council run Quality Education Strategic Support Programme (QESSP). The programme aims to accelerate and enhance educational outcomes in Ethiopia.