Community Learning Centres are up-scaled and institutionalised in Ethiopia

The Ethiopian Ministry of Education has acknowledged Community Learning Centres (CLCs) in the Education Sector Development Plan and has stated that CLCs have the potential to become the nexus of institutionalised adult education service delivery in Ethiopia.

The DVV International country office in Ethiopia started piloting Community Learning Centres (CLCs) in 2016. The pilot programme included 10 CLCs as models to learn from, across five of Ethiopia’s regional states. District governments allocated land, infrastructure and personnel from different sector offices to deliver adult education services at CLCs. DVV International contributed funds for the renovation of existing buildings, procuring basic equipment and technical expertise to train CLC coordinators, trainers and senior government officials. Management committees and structures to manage CLCs from local to national level have been established. These management structures are comprised of experts from all sectors such as education, agriculture, health, cooperatives, youth and women affairs, etc. The community is engaged through Centre Management Committees that meet regularly with government experts to discuss services at the CLC. Community members also contribute time and resources to develop the CLCs further.

The success of the CLCs in addressing community needs and interests around adult literacy, agricultural and non-formal skills training, business skills and cooperative training, savings and loan schemes, library, sport, and kindergarten services, among others, was already visible early in the pilot phase. The community response and potential of the CLCs to enhance integrated government service delivery, inspired two regional government states to up-scale CLCs throughout their whole region. The Amhara regional state has up-scaled from two CLCs to fifteen CLCs with their own funding and expertise gained from attending training courses offered by DVV International. They have plans to continue to more districts in the future. The Southern Nations and Nationalities region has up-scaled from three to forty CLCs, therefore covering 40 districts with adult education services. As in the case of the Amhara region, this initiative is undertaken with government funding and involves a variety of sector offices – thereby promoting horizontal integration.

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