Statement of Cooperation (MOU) and Student Mobility Agreement with the College of Education and Behavioral Studies in Addis Ababa University (AAU), Ethiopia
May 1-6, 2016, Dr. Marlene Asselin visited Addis Ababa University to further initiatives facilitated by the newly formed Statement of Cooperation (MOU) and Student Mobility Agreement with the College of Education and Behavioral Studies in Addis Ababa University (AAU).
Dr. Asselin met regularly with the Dean of the College of Education, Abraha Asfaw, and faculty members who work closely with UBC students to secure accommodation, school placements, transportation etc. Dr. Haregewuin Fantahun Eshete is exceptionally caring and attentive to every detail of our students’ experiences including coffee ceremony at her home.
The Statement of Cooperation with AAU has facilitated a research collaboration that includes a visiting scholar and PhD student from AAU coming to UBC for July 2016. The project is entitled Materials Development for Community Health and Family Literacy Programs in Ethiopia, initial stages funded by a LLED-Ritsumaiken seed grant. Dr. Asselin presented the project at an AAU faculty-wide meeting which prompted lively discussion about the issues and challenges of accessible and relevant materials for early literacy and health education. As part of the research, Dr. Asselin conducted focus groups that extended interview data collected in the fall 2015.
Dr. Asselin also met several times with CODE Ethiopia Director, Yalew Zaleke, and Program Director, Alemu Abebe, about their family literacy and digital book initiatives in which she serves as consultant. CODE Ethiopia establishes libraries in rural communities throughout the country. Dr. Asselin brought Dr. Fantahun with her on one visit to encourage a relationship between AAU and CODE Ethiopia. CODE Ethiopia is a partner of CODE in Canada – the Canadian Organization for Development through Education whose many projects are primarily funded by Global Affairs Canada (http://www.codecan.org/). UBC Community Field Experience students have an opportunity to visit a CODE Ethiopia community library and do read alouds with school groups.
In the spring of 2016, several UBC Faculty of Education teacher candidates spent their Community Field Experience in Addis Ababa. Read more about the rich opportunities for both elementary and secondary students on the CFE Blog.
To learn more about the Materials Development for Community Health and Family Literacy Programs in Ethiopia, please contact:
- Dr. Marlene Asselin
Department of Language & Literacy Education
UBC Faculty of Education | Vancouver Campus