Agricultural Transformation Through Stronger Vocational Education (ATTSVE)
2014 - 2021
MEDA, Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture, McGill University and Jima University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine are collaborating to increase skills, capacity and knowledge required by the labour market for the commercial agriculture sector in Ethiopia.
Most Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ATVETs) in Ethiopia are located in rural areas and focus largely on competency-based curriculum approaches and outcomes. ATVETs and their students are increasingly interested in practical programming that emphasizes rural economic growth through agriculture and development of the private sector. ATVETs and the Government of Ethiopia recognize that more emphasis is needed on private sector development and entrepreneurship, as well as curriculum development and content delivery to help support ATVET graduates to acquire employment, build businesses and contribute to their local economies.
ATVETs are the main vehicle for providing agricultural education in Ethiopia. Typically graduates of ATVETs go on to work as Development Agents (DAs) with the Government of Ethiopia. As ATVETs have grown, there are significantly more students graduating than DA positions available.
In recognition of this, the Government of Ethiopia is gradually transitioning from a public sector supply-oriented training approach to demand-driven training directed toward the private sector. ATVET curriculum requires increased incorporation of business, entrepreneurship and value chain concepts to better prepare graduates to enter the workforce.
Through this project, MEDA will work with the selected ATVETs to strengthen the educational and economic capacities of the ATVETs in the areas of value chain development and business management through a holistic approach of:
- Business advising to ATVETs to promote sustainable and replicable income generating activities for the targeted educational entities;
- Curriculum development in value chain and business management in the selected ATVETs – to be developed in line with industry best-practices, and Ethiopian agriculture and education policy and environment; and
- Strengthening academic and industry linkages to facilitate skills development to enable practical learning opportunities for students in appropriate sectors