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Finn Church Aid launches new project in Eritrea

Miliete Tsefa, who works at one of the teacher training institutions in Eritrea, College of Education in Mai Nefhi, is standing with her child in front of a recently built campus library. Photo: Laura Vanhanen.


By Fin Church

Finn Church Aid (FCA) signed an official agreement with the Eritrean National Commission for Higher Education in Asmara, Eritrea mid-January.

Eritrea faces a critical shortage of trained teachers and training institutions are in need of radical reform. In recognition of Finland’s international reputation for quality education, the Eritrean government has sought FCA’s support to revitalize teacher education in Eritrea.

Both parties have now agreed on a three year programme (January 2015 – December 2017). Finn Church Aid will begin work in Eritrea, working side-by-side with Eritrean educators to strengthen teacher education. The support for the existing teacher education programmes will take place in all training institutions in Eritrea.

“The new agreement represents a welcome opportunity to renew partnership with Eritrea. Strengthening the teacher education is a great entry point to develop the education system as a whole”, says Antti PentikΓ€inen, Executive Director of FCA.

FCA will also support the planning and development of the first Innovation Centre in Eritrea. This new initiative will bring together innovation experts from Finland, Eritrea and East Africa.

The vision of the Innovation Centre is to develop new and local solutions to address pressing challenges in Eritrea, such as energy provision, better learning opportunities, education for marginalized populations in hard-to-reach areas, job creation, and so on.

“By improving the teacher education, we can have a far-reaching impact for the younger generation and the society as a whole. Finnish educational expertise has a lot to offer for this work”, says Tomi JΓ€rvinen, Director for International Cooperation at FCA.

FCA is in the process of developing strategic partnerships with Finnish education experts to support the development of the teacher education program at the College of Education in Mai Nefhi. FCA is also currently recruiting a full-time education specialist to work in Asmara Community College of Education.

The initial budget for the programme is 1.5 million euros for the next three years. The work is financed by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland.

For further questions:

Tomi JΓ€rvinen, Director for International Cooperation, Finn Church Aid
tel. +358 40 641 8209
tomi.jarvinen@kua.fi
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32 comments:

  1. We told them "500 schools in 700 days" . And this and much more schools is where the
    8,000 more teachers are to be trained to staff these schools and make the project a success.


    Stay on course the Deki Ere, just like the year 2014, more success stories about Eritrea are to follow in the year 2015

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  2. 1.5 million euros for the next three years is peanuts. That kind of money can barely build three modern houses in Asmara. On the flip side of things, 92% of TPLF's annual budget relies on Western Aid. If you were to take away all the AID from both countries, Ethiopia would collapse, while Eritrea would hardly miss a beat.

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  3. Every one including teachers are escaping the iron fist of Esais Afewerki.His goal is total anahilation of Eritrea unless stooped.He is doing the bastard Weyane bidding .

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  4. Why do we need the Finns, when we can do everything ourselves.

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  5. Madote:
    To the point!
    Remind him the Armed Struggle Era where each and every piece of resources was utilized to the maximum!
    The disposable syringes were even used as light bulbs or like mini Fanus.
    Remind him about the longest and largest hospital in the world ,an underground one with more than a thousand beds.
    For sure Eritrea will outshine soon no matter what and irrespective of the temporary hiccups.

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  6. Really Confused!
    Mutual Cooperation is the Motto of the Day!
    Self Reliance does not mean refuting and refusing help but using it in the right way and your own way.

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  7. Great vision indeed Eritrea..i'm sure we're going to improve our school system, the attentive choice of our leadership you can see it here in education domain too, when is needed advice to reinforce a particular sector, they get it from the best.

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  8. Eritrea is doing better on selecting Her partners, just good initiative.

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  9. It's formal, the substance is different, don't compare you'll get crazy, i can assure you..
    i.e= uk gave weyane (not ethiopians) about 298 mln £
    = us gave weyane (not ethiopians) about 292 mln $
    = eu gave weyane (not ethiopians) about 135 mln €
    ....= japan
    ....= un
    ....= ect
    the difference in numbers are huge and is also conceptual difference on the term AID.

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  10. Cause they have a better school system, and we want to improve..i don't see any danger on this..
    Yaret kalot ot kemzi entezimetsu beselam (mutual cooperation philosophy)

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  11. Let us do the math. Do not forget 80% of the aid Ethiopia gets from the West goes back to the Western countries in the form of the highly paid NGO administrators. In short, this is one way how Western countries employ their people, instead giving them "welfare food stamp". And in the process countries like Ethiopia are colonized without an invading army. That is ugly outcome we find in countries like Ethiopia.

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  12. THE POINT I WANTED TO MAKE IS,MOST ON THIS WEBSITE MOST ALWAYS TALK ABOUT ETHIOPIA BEING ON HANDOUTS, A BEGGAR NATION ETC. UR ERITREA IS GETTING HANDOUTS FROM EU TO BUILD DAMS, FINNS FOR BUILDING SCHOOLS ,NORDICS FOR I FRASTRUCTURE AND MORE.WHY CANT THAT MAKE U PEOPLE LIVING ON HANDOUTS,BEGGING. IS IT THE AMOUNT THAT MATTERS OR THE SOURCE LIKE BEING FROM US OR UK?

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  13. Great project, since Finland has a lot of experience with education curricula and didactic of education in general and science in particular. The only question I have is why is the Government of Eritrea not paying this project itself? 1.5 million Euro over three years is a budget that even a poor country like Eritrea should be able to come up with. There are many more education projects I can think of that Eritrea should be financing itself, but has not even started yet (let alone funded it).

    Think of the international science olympiads at secondary level (high school). Eritrea (like many African and middle eastern countries) does not participate in any of these olympiads. Neither in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science or even in the Mathematical Olympiad (the biggest Olympiad out there). I have contacted the Eritrean ministry of Education about this and they were very positive initially, but later on they mentioned they did not have sufficient funding to participate the coming year. I found that strange since I initially did not even mention any amount that was needed. I told them that a budget of less than 50.000 USD would be more than sufficient to cover all the costs of participating in only the Math Olympiad. Remember that this competition is the most widely held throughout the world and that it enables a county to get young pupils exited about science at a very small cost. Eritrea (and other Africa/Middle Eastern countries) desperately need to get their young generation interested in science, math, engineering, biology, medicine in order to make the transition from third world to first.

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  14. The Olympiads are great for Eritrea. I remember participating in the pre-rounds here (Germany) during my high school years. Any news on when Eritrea will join. Keep up the good work brother. Thanks for your effort.

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  15. jart, ok then we are getting funding . So wht. beaggar country is beggrar coutry. they get money for being slaves. that is the difference. gabito???

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  16. Ya this is a common african problem, except very few countries like Eritrea are safe from this new form of constant dependency relation.

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  17. Alot of people (especially older eritreans) often gets angry when the eritrean immigrants comes to the west with a rather bad education.

    One of the first things we eritrean tourist say is "the education system sucks! what are they learning in the schools?"

    My thought / answer is always the same.


    For me, Eritrea is taking its early baby steps, like when a baby tries to walk for the first time, it doesnt succeed in the first time. It takes practice, the baby falls alot of times, the baby even cries due to falling. But in the end, it succeeds.

    Thats how i see Eritrea. Its a country that is learning how to educate. It would take time to reach the levels of the west but what makes me impressed is that WE ARE TRYING!! WERE TRYING TO DO IT BY OURSELVES! AND THATS HOW YOU LEARN!

    Nobody learns by letting some other person do it for you, nobody learns by watching somebody do it. You learn by doing it by yourself and during the time of learning , you ask somebody for help. Thats how you learn. And thats what i love about my country, Eritrea!

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  18. Brother Daniel, you are a concerned Eritrean and never falter. As you may also be aware there exist a school in Asmara under the collaboration of Eritreans and Germa- ErthroGerman. In front of it is a good sized vacant villa, that use to be ethiop embassy; i ppropos we close the account and turn it into something useful- a magnet school or sorts and cultivate thenext olympiads you love to see and be proud of as an Eritrean.

    Just as tes, and laley i commend your effort and applaud the intiative you took, it might have not been at the right time but don't give up, as we are changing gear and are moving forward with a better understanding of what serves the Eritrea best in education.

    The 50k Euro you mentioned, if not from your own pocket, propose it with a well planned out working paper and you will be surprised how much money the Hafash Wdubat in Germany will come up with. We don't boost about Eritreans generosity but time and again at a drop of a pin; the diaspora has proven to be there; here and now!
    Thank you.

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  19. Wedi Mai Telamit, you are still pulling your hair from the streets? Sit down and Let us do the math. Over 80% of the aid Ethiopia gets from the West goes back to the Western countries in the form of the highly paid NGO administrators. In short, this is one way how Western countries employ their people, instead giving them "welfare food stamp" or unemployment checks. If you add more to be stolen by local politicians, and what do you have? Nothing left. But in the process countries like Ethiopia are colonized without an invading army. That is ugly outcome we find in countries like Ethiopia.


    Now you know why Eritrea kicked out every conceivable NGO out of Eritrea except the few who spent 98% of their aid on Eritrea. That is the bottom line difference.

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  20. Porco, I see your dilemma; in the simplest term the ddifference is unlike your ethiop, we don't say
    " sRa MnYadergal" but don't give a fish that will feed me for a day, but show me how to finn( fish) so I may continue. ...
    It's all in the thinking and the " we can do it verses can they do it for us?"
    Keep aspiring!
    P.s, hope u r able to understand, i.e. the amhara,

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  21. Even though the Islamic population is the majority of the Eritrean population
    Yet Islamic relief organisation are not well come to give a lending hand to all
    Eritreans !! What a hypo racy ???

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  22. Pls read the above as

    What a hypocracy ???

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  23. πŸ™ˆπŸ™‰πŸ™Š
    You made a point there
    But it's just being hypocrite !!!!

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  24. αˆ“αˆ³α‹΅, ኣነ ኸኣ α‰‘αˆαŠαŒˆαˆ­ αŠ£αˆˆα‹Ž ኒለ αˆƒαˆˆα α‹­α‰₯ል, α‹ˆα‹«αˆ α‹“αŒ‹αˆ˜..α‰°αˆαˆ˜α‹΄αŠ• α‰‘αˆ©α‰₯ α‰΅αˆαˆ…αˆ­α‰² α‹ˆαˆ²α‹΅αŠͺ αŠ•α‹’, αˆαˆ³αŠ“ αŠ­α‰΅α‹‹α‹³α‹°αˆͺ. αŠ£αŠ•αˆ•αŠ“ αŠ­αˆ‹αˆ΅αŠ“ ካልαŠ₯ αŠ’α‹©.

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  25. STILL AID IS AID ,BEGGING IS BEGGING.....STUPID.

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  26. Mr Jart,

    You have been expressing your hatred towards Eritreans more and more recently. Reasoning would do you better than hatred.



    Yes, aid is aid and begging is begging, but aid (accepting assistance) is not necessarily begging. Countries accept/reject aid when offered or ask for assistance when they need it. Of course, there are many aspects of any particular international aid, but let me state some conditions under which Eritrea accepts or rejects assistance. Eritrea accepts no-strings attached development assistance. Eritrea also wants any assistance to have a clear goal after the achievement of which the people being assisted will go on with the project on their own and those who are assisting find another project elsewhere. The assistance should also be empowering to the recipients and should leave them with their dignity intact. One more, Eritrea wants to own the project. It often authors its own proposal based on its own priorities and those who assist it finance it if they agree. It does not allow it to be the other way around. If they do not agree with its proposal and refuse to finance it, Eritrea will build it itself mobilizing its own resources at its own opportune time.


    Now, if you still want to call this as begging, I would say, go ahead if it pleases you.

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  27. While Mengistu was funded by USSR imperialists, Shabos and its affiliates were funded by NATO and Arab millionaires, don't bluff you Maekor Ras

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  28. WHERE DID YOU GET THIS DATA? A DATA THAT CAN ONLY BE FOUND AT THE GIVING AND THE RECEIVING END...ETHIOPIA/DONORS. IT IS GOOD FOR UR KIND, NONE WILL BELIEVE YOUR NONSENSE.

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  29. What an idiotic and foolish question of the day. Grow up or shut up!

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  30. GASHA

    THANKS FOR BEING POLITE,COURTEOUS; UNLIKE MANY ON THIS WEBSITE.I HAVE NO HATRED FOR NO ONE LET ALONE ERITREANS. YOU EXPLAINED HOW ERITREA ACCEPTS AID, WHAT MAKES YOU THINK THE NEIGHBOUR TO THE SOUTH DOES NOT DO THE SAME AND BE ADDRESSED BY MANY ON THIS WEBSITE AS A BEGGAR NATION?




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  31. PORCO LIKE YOU FATHER!&!&!&

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