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Education Sector in Ethiopia

Jan 22,2024

Addis Ababa, January 22, 2024 (FBC) – The Ministry of Education, Professor Birhanu Nega and Deputy Minister of Education of Russian Federation, Denis Gribov discussed ways of enhancing cooperation between their two countries.

The parties discussed prospects for deepened cooperation in the sphere of education, including with regard to the enhancement of the legal framework and the intensification of work within BRICS.

The officials commended the current level of interaction and expressed mutual commitment to further comprehensive development of bilateral ties in the field of education.

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Ethiopia, Evgeny Terekhin and other officials of the education sector were in attendance of the discussion held between the two sides.

Jan 17, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 17, 2024 (FBC) – Addis Abeba City Administration School Feeding Agency disclosed that more than 779 thousand students in the Ethiopian capital have benefited from the School Feeding Program in the last six months.

Ms. Shitaye Mohammed, the director-general of the agency, affirmed that during the last half-year of the current Ethiopian fiscal year, diverse activities have been implemented in schools to assist individuals within the community requiring support.

In that regard, pupils in Addis Ababa from pre-school to the 8th grade have been provided with school meals service twice a day to facilitate their unhindered engagement in academic pursuits, she said.

For this reason, some 779 thousand 231 students have benefited from the program during the aforementioned period, the Director-General told Fana Broadcasting Corporate’s Malaku Gedif.

Jan 15, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 15, 2024 (FBC) – A total of 143 Ethiopian university students have won scholarships provided by the Chinese government to help them pursue graduate and post-graduate studies across different academic fields in the country’s largest Addis Ababa University (AAU).

Speaking at the awards ceremony of the China-Ethiopia Friendship Scholarship on Friday at the AAU, the university’s Interim President Samuel Kifle said the Chinese government and different universities in China have had “strong and meaningful collaboration with the AAU, which helped us to train our faculties, to train our students.”

He said the collaboration between Chinese and Ethiopian academic institutions is reflected in the robust Sino-Ethiopia ties.

Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia Zhao Zhiyuan for his part called on the scholarship recipients to help contribute to Ethiopia’s socioeconomic development, Xinhua reported.

Jan 11, 2024

Addis Ababa, January 11, 2024 (FBC) – The Ministry of Education has signed MoU with the Office of Education of Geongsangbuk-do Province of Republic of Korea to forge cooperation in various areas.

The purpose of the MoU is said to establish a framework of cooperation on educational information exchange and implementation of digital learning strategy between the Ethiopian Ministry of Education and the Office of Education of Geongsangbuk-do Province of Republic of Korea.

According to the MoU, Geongsangbuk-do Office of Education will also provide the Ministry with ICT equipment and offer training to designated Ethiopian teachers on provision of educational information.

Dec 24,,  2023

Addis Ababa, December 24, 2023 (FBC) – Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University opened a Russian Language Center at Bonga University in attendance of government officials and representatives of higher education institutions yesterday.

State Minister for Education, Kora Tushune, President of Bonga University, Petros Woldegiorgis (PhD), Vice President of the Pan-African Public Private Partnership Development Center, Oksana Mayorova, representatives of the Russian Center for Science and Culture in Addis Ababa, lecturers and researchers from Ulyanovsk State Pedagogical University, among others, attended the launching ceremony.

Dec 20,,  2023

Addis Ababa, December 20, 2023 (FBC) – Minister of Education, Professor Birhanu Nega received a high-level government delegation from Russia to discuss bilateral cooperation on the education sector between the two countries.
The Minister along with his team welcomed the delegation and held discussion about the longstanding Ethio-Russia education cooperation and partnership.

During the meeting, Professor Birhanu gave detailed overview of Ethiopian education system, structure and its strategic areas.

In line with these, he highlighted the fundamental departure of filling gaps to promote the quality of education.

Dec 17,,  2023

Addis Ababa, December 17, 2023 (FBC) – The Russian Center for Science and Culture (Pushkin Center) in Addis Ababa has opened geological class and unveiled expansion works in the existing training departments.

During the launching ceremony, Ambasssador of the Russian Federation to Ethiopia, Evgeny Terekhin exclusively told FBC that the newly opened would help Ethiopian students to contribute their part in exploring and utilizing nation’s immense natural resources.

Saying that the center has already providing Russian language and painting courses, the Ambassador added that the opening of the geological course reveals the commitment of his country to share experiences with Ethiopia in the sector.

Dec 14,,  2023

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, December 14, 2023 (FBC) – UNESCO-Huawei Technology-enabled Open School Systems for All project (TeOSS) handed over today ICT equipment for the Ethiopian Ministry of Education, Huawei Ethiopia disclosed in a press release sent to FBC.

Some 480 tablets, 48 laptops, 48 access points, and 24 smart boards will be delivered to 24 secondary schools across Ethiopia.

During the handover ceremony, Ms. Ayelech Eshete, Ministry of Education state minister, reflected her deepest gratitude to UNESCO and Huawei for their unwavering commitment to education and for sharing their vision of a digitally inclusive society.

The FDRE Ministry of Education
Dec 12,,  2023

Addis Ababa, December 12, 2023 (FBC) – The FDRE Ministry of Education signed a Memorandum of Understanding with its Italian counterpart to foster education collaboration between the two sisterly countries.

The MoU signed by Ethiopia’s Minister of Education Prof. Birhanu Nega, and his Italian counterpart Giuseppe Valditara. The MoU is expected to establish strategic cooperation both in the general and higher education sectors.

During the signing ceremony, Prof. Birhanu Nega highlighted the reform activities of the education sector in his country. The Minister noted the efforts made to provide equitable education to citizens regardless of their financial background, in that regard.

Meet the Minister

H.E  Professor Birhanu Nega

Education Minister


Ensuring effective, quality and equitable education and training system through building the implementation capacity of the education sector at all levels, designing and regulating standards of efficiency, expanding standardized education throughout the country, as well as complementing and leveraging education sector development interventions with strategic communications and public awareness.


Ministry of Education


Vision, Mission and Values
of the Ministry of Education



Sustainably building an education and training system that ensures quality and equitable education for all citizens and that continuously produces a competent and competitive workforce fueling the country’s economic development.


Ensuring effective, quality and equitable education and training system through building the implementation capacity of the education sector at all levels, designing and regulating standards of efficiency, expanding standardized education throughout the country, as well as complementing and leveraging education sector development interventions with strategic communications and public awareness.


  • Effectiveness and Efficiency

  • Quality

  • Equity

  • Participatory

Educational Statistics 2011

2011 Total Number of Teachers(KG, Primary and Secondary), Students(Pre-Primary, Primary, ABE, Secondary) and Schools (KG, Primary and Secondary)








aau at a glance

    Addis Ababa University (AAU), which was established in 1950 as the University College of Addis Ababa (UCAA), is the oldest and the largest higher learning and research institution in Ethiopia. Since its inception, the University has been the leading center in teaching-learning, research and community services.

   Beginning with enrollment capacity of 33 students in 1950, AAU now has 48,673 students (33,940 undergraduate, 13,000 Master’s and 1733 PhD students) and 6043 staff (2,408 academics and 3,635 support staff). In its 14 campuses, the University runs 70 undergraduate and 293 graduate programs (72 PhD and 221 Masters), and various specializations in Health Sciences.

    Over 222,000 students have graduated from AAU since its establishment.

   The University is led by a President who is assisted by four Vice Presidents and one Executive Director: Academic Vice President, Vice President for Research and Technology Transfer, Vice President for Administration and Student Services, Vice President for Institutional Development and the Executive Director of the College of Health Sciences (with the rank of Vice President).

   In recent years, the University has been undertaking various reform schemes in order to cope with and respond to the fast-changing national and international educational dynamics. At present the University has 10 colleges, 4 institutes that run both teaching and research, and 6 research institutes that predominantly conduct research. Within these academic units, there are 55 departments, 12 centers, 12 schools, and 2 teaching hospitals. The University has the following academic units:

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