Report from the Ministry of Education

The Ethiopian government has embarked on a set of political, economic and social reforms that includes the 1994 Education and Training Policy. The policy's main goal is to restructure and expand the educational system to make it more relevant to the present and future needs of the economy.

The Education and Training Policy addresses education from the kindergarten to university levels and extends to special-needs and non-formal education as well. One of the policy's major goals is to achieve universal enrollment in primary school by 2015, while supporting a phased development of the full educational system. The policy statement focuses on four major areas of reform:

Within the policy framework, the Education Sector Development Program (ESDP) was designed to cover the first five years of the 20-year program. It was launched in 1997-98 with government funding and ongoing donor assistance. The ESDP aims to achieve the following goals by 2001-02:

In working towards achieving these goals, the Ministry of Education's three major achievements in 1998-99 were:

During 1999-2000, the ministry will continue to pursue activities in support of the ESDP goals. The major activities will be:

Issued by the FDRE Office of Government Spokesperson on 14/09/99