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The Adult Education and Community Development (AECD) Department, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Bahir Dar University, is a pioneer in Ethiopia in training adult education professionals and community development practitioners. The department dates back to the establishment of Bahir Dar University. Bahir Dar University (BDU) was formed in 2000 as a result of the unification of two higher education institutions - Bahir Dar Polytechnic Institute and Bahir Dar Teachers College. The Bahir Dar Teachers College was established in 1972 as Bahir Dar Academy of Pedagogy by the tripartite agreement of the Government of Ethiopia, UNESCO, and UNDP. Educating community development workers and adult education organizers were among the objectives of the Academy of Pedagogy. Although it was the only institute to train adult education and community development experts in the country, the adult education programme was terminated in 1997, while all other diploma programmes were upgraded to Bachelor level.  Recently, almost after a decade, adult education and community development came into the picture, at Bachelor level (being offered in regular and summer modalities). The department has also launched an MA in Adult Education and Community Development in 2016.

Our Mission

The mission of the department is to:  contribute to qualified personnel in the area of adult education and community development; conduct problem-solving research; provide needs-based community services and thereby contribute to the development endeavours of the country. The department currently has six female and five male staff (two assistant professors, four lecturers, three graduate assistants II and two graduate assistants I). The department has been recording many successes. For instance, 456 (101 Females and 355 Male) students have graduated with BA degrees.  Several researches have also been conducted in the area of AECD and some of them have been published. For instance, some of the titles include: Developing a lifelong learning system in Ethiopia: Contextual considerations and propositions; Impact of Gender Roles on Women Involvement in Functional Adult Literacy In Ethiopia: A Review; The Working and Living Conditions of Female Ethiopian Domestic Servants in Middle East Arab Countries and Challenges for their Socio-economic Reintegration upon Return; Correctional Education Teachers’ Teaching Competence and Use of Adult Learning Principles: Inmates and Teachers’ Views in Selected Correctional Institutions;  Improving Experiential Learning Courses in Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia (Poster in Spanish); An Assessment of Ethiopia’s Progress towards Attaining Integrated Functional Adult Literacy; Alternative Basic Education in Benishangul-Gumuz Region, Ethiopia.

In addition, the staff of the department have supported Bahir Dar City Administration to achieve the UNESCO Learning City Award (2015) and through the efforts made by the staff of the department and the City Administration, Bahir Dar City is registered as a member of the Global Network of Learning Cities. For the last three years, the department has been providing short term training for adult literacy facilitators as part of community service. The department collaboratively works with the Ministry of Education; Bahir Dar City Administration; Amhara Regional Education Bureau; DVV International, UNESCO, ANFEAE (Adult and Non-Formal Education Association in Ethiopia) and Facilitator for Change (a local NGO).

Future Aims

In the future years, the department aims to strengthen capacity development trainings for the staff; establish a PhD programme to respond to the national human power needs and development; establish model community learning centres (CLCs) in Bahir Dar; collaboratively conduct and publish research works that can impact on the national AECD policy and practice; strengthen collaborative works to access up-to-date books and journals, and contribute to capacity development for adult literacy facilitators. Moreover, the department aspires to launch the first Journal of Adult Education in the country.

Contact

Turuwark Zalalam
Head, Department of Adult Education and Community Development
College of Education and Behavioural Sciences
P.O. Box 79, Peda Campus, Bahir Dar University
Bahir Dar, Ethiopia

Cellphone: +251 921 749060
Email: tiruworkzelalem@gmail.com
Website: www.bdu.edu.et     

 

Turuwark Zalalam Warkineh is Lecturer and Head of the Department of Adult Education and Community Development (AECD), Bahir Dar University. Working with Professor Anna Robinson-Pant and Professor Alan Rogers, she has developed experience in ethnographic research and contributed to the establishment of the UNESCO Chair in Adult Literacy and Learning for Social Transformation. She has been involved in various national adult education research studies as well as conducting research for an international IFAD-UNESCO project as a member of country research team. Her research interest areas are adult literacy, skills learning, informal learning, gender, life skills and indigenous education. She has been extensively working on enhancing the life skills of youths and adults by preparing life skills training manuals for adult learners, secondary school and university youths as well as married couples. Email: tiruworkzelalem@gmail.com

Abiy Menkir Gizaw is Lecturer in Adult Education and Community Development (AECD) Department; Director of Community Services, Bahir Dar University. He has a background in Sociology and Social Anthropology; Linguistics, Adult Education, and Lifelong Learning policy and management. He has an internship experience in the Adult Learning and Education Section of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning in Hamburg. Being a coordinator of the Learning City Project, he has led the AECD team and worked extensively to contribute to Bahir Dar City receiving a UNESCO award on learning cities, making Bahir Dar a member of the Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) in collaboration with the City Administration. He has led national adult education study. His main research interest areas include lifelong learning, crafts learning, adult literacy, indigenous education and livelihood diversification, among others. Email: abiymenkir@gmail.com

Genet Gelana Kabeta is a PhD candidate at UNISA (University of South Africa), an Assistant Professor in Adult Education and Community Development Department, Bahir Dar University. She has experience in qualitative research. Being a participant in a workshop organized by UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning (Hamburg, Germany), she has published a national contextual study that can serve as an input for Lifelong Learning Policy development in Ethiopia. She has also other relevant publications. Her research interests include prison education, comparative education, adult literacy, Lifelong learning and female education. E-mail: genetgelana@yahoo.com

Mulugeta Awayehu Gugsa, Lecturer at Bahir Dar University, Department of Adult Education and Community Development. He has taken part in major research endeavours that are linked with adult education at national and regional level. He also participated in the preparation of adult literacy manuals for facilitators and learners as well as offering short term training for facilitators of adult literacy programs over several years. His main research interest areas are rural women’s livelihoods, adult literacy and non-formal education. Email: mulugetaawayehu@gmail.com

Endayehu Tegegne Mengesha is a Lecturer in Adult Education and Community Development Department and Vice Dean for the College of Education and Behavioural Sciences, Bahir Dar University. Being a leader of the Adult and Non-Formal Education section at regional level, he has participated in the development of Integrated Functional Adult Literacy text books. His research interest areas are adult literacy, non-formal education and management of adult education. Email: endayem@gmail.com

Fantu Debele is a graduate assistant in the department of Adult Education and Community Development and is currently studying her Master’s Degree in Regional and Local Development Studies. Her main research interest areas are adult literacy, indigenous knowledge and gender. Email: fantudebele@gmail.com

Tiumekal Maru is a graduate assistant in the department of Adult Education and Community Development and is currently studying his Master’s Degree in Regional and Local Development Studies. His main research interest areas are women’s literacy and rural development. Email: tiumekalmaru@gmail.com

Yeraswork Megersa, Muluwork Asrie and Atale Tilahun are newly recruited female Graduate Assistants in the department. All of them are studying for their MA in Adult Education and Community Development at Bahir Dar University