March 16, 2001
Germany Offers 80 Scholarships for Vocational, Technical Training
The German Government has offered more than 80 scholarships in technology and methods in TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training Programme) to Ethiopians.
A press release from the Embassy of Germany quoted the German Ambassador Dr. Herbert Honsowitz as saying that "the vocational training is a major issue in Ethiopia and receives attention at the highest political level."
The German Government is contributing 80 million birr to the Ethio-German TVET-programme which was designed in 1999 to reform the Ethiopian TVET-system. In addition to this existing programme DSE-ZGB (Industrial Occpations Promotion
Centre) in Mannheim offers special TVET programmes in the years to come. These scholarships cover mainly development-orientated cross-sectional topics. The German Embassy invites qualified Ethiopians from NCTTE (Nazareth College of Technical Teacher Education) and SDCs (Skill Development Centers) to apply for the scholarships directly at the regional bureaux.
Ethiopian implementing institutions are the Ministry of Education, Education Bureaux of Oromia & South Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Regional States and the Bureaux of Labour & Social Affairs in Amhara & Tigray States.
The German institutions involved are GTZ (German Technical Co-operation), DED (German Development Service), CIM
(Centre for International Migration), SES (Senior Experts Service Development) and the DSE (German Foundation for International Development), according to the release.