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Norway and Ethiopia signed a Memorandum of Understanding to further advance over 20 years of cooperation in education within Ethiopia. An MoU between the two countries as part of a conference hosting participants from different universities in Ethiopia as well as from Norway.
“I am happy to reach the point of signing the strategic MoU which confirms Norway’s commitment to support the Ethiopian Government’s engagement in providing basic education focusing particularly on access to education for girls and marginalized groups as well as increasing the quality of education,” said Andreas Gaarder, Ambassador of Norway to Ethiopia.
The Ambassador also stressed the importance of education for sustainable growth. “Sustainable development cannot be achieved without education. There is still a gap between ambition and reality. Progress has been hampered due to lack of resources and uncoordinated efforts,” he stated.
The Ambassador further stated that Ethiopia was chosen as one four countries in Africa to increase bilateral cooperation. In recent years, Ethiopia has made significant investment in the education sector; public spending on education in Ethiopia has increased by 70 percent between from 2004 to 2011.
The newly signed Memorandum of Understanding focuses on cooperation, addressing issues of access to education, quality of education, education for girls, education in emergencies and education for young refugees.
Highlighting positive trends, it was also underlined that the Ethiopian government has achieved remarkable results through the expansion of primary schools, secondary schools and universities. This has contributed to a rapid increase in enrolment rates and reduced gender imbalances within education.