On March 3, 2017, His Excellency, Minister of Education Dr. Shiferaw Teklemariam, along with his close aides visited the British Council to discuss present and future collaborative projects. The major part of this two hours long meeting was devoted to the presentation of the British Council’s portfolio of works and undertaking discussion on possible courses of action in strengthening the long lasting commitment between the two organisations.
During the discussions the Minister indicated his strong interest to involve BC in a number of ventures. The national assessment (including English and other subjects) is one area which was earmarked for the collaboration. Teacher Development, especially in English, is yet another.
The British Council’s signature program, APTIS, also received a very good reception and the Ministry is interested in exploring ways of utilising this for its teachers and leadership team development.
40 years ago the Ministry of Education opened an ICT centre. This was done through the help of the British Council and the head of the centre was a British Council Staff. This ICT centre now has, Dr Shiferaw indicated, 12 channels and he is interested to get the British Council on board to broadcast educational content to both students and parents.