Federal police officer
Ethiopian Peacekeeping English Project ©

Credit Genaye Eshetu

Photo: Genaye Eshetu

The British Council’s track record of supporting peacekeeping through the development of English stretches back to the mid-1990s and has covered 40 countries.

In Ethiopia we have established a network of centres in collaboration with the Ministry of National Defence and Federal Police where we train future Ethiopian peacekeepers to reach internationally accepted levels of English. 

We provide equipment and education materials for our eight centres across the country, and extensive training for 40 Ethiopian civilian teachers of English, as well as EMOND and Federal Police administrators.

Our success can be measured by the fact that over 80% of our trainees have been deployed since we started training in 2008, and that the standard of Ethiopian peacekeepers’ English has been increasingly recognised as good by mission partners.

Learn more about Ethiopia’s contribution to peacekeeping

Did you know that Ethiopia:

  • Began contributing to UN missions during the Korean War in the 1950s and the independence of the Congo in 1960.
  • Is the largest African contributor to United Nations and African Union Peacekeeping missions, and the fourth largest in the world.
  • Is the lead contributor of women peacekeepers.
  • Contributes over 4,000 troops to the missions in Sudan, South Sudan, Darfur, Abyei, Somalia, as well as missions in West Africa.

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