Monday, July the 17th, 500 students of pedagogy, 58% of whom were female, graduated from the Asmara Community College.
In his opening speech, Director of the College Mr. Alem Ghebreqal said that the government is putting a lot of effort on education so that citizens can develop with an equal access to education.
He added that providing equal access to education will not be enough unless it is accompanied by equal distribution of resources including instructors. Having this in mind, concerned bodies are working relentlessly to make the quality of teachers graduating noble ones.
Between 1994 and 2015 training in pedagogy lasted for one year and during that period 11,000 teachers in natural science, social science and management graduated with certificates, Mr. Alem added.
In 2012 the college introduced a diploma program, and for the last five years has been offering training in both diploma and certificate levels.
Mr. Alem said that with the help of the Ministry of Education (MOE) new methodologies of training were introduced. The new ways are different from the previous teaching techniques and stretched the program into two years to achieve greater success. The students who graduated last Monday were the first batch to be trained by the new method.
Mr. Alem said that the students who received pedagogy training in the college came voluntarily from their high schools after completing their 10th grade. They then passed the required exams and finally joined the community college.
In his closing remarks, Mr. Alem said that 56 teachers are actively working and some other teachers are out of the county for further studies. Lack of teachers, infrastructure, water and electricity supplies are some of the challenges that the community college is facing.
On the occasion, a representative of the graduating students Ms. Saliem Asfaha, said that while graduates were on the pedagogy training they were able to understand clearly how highly teaching as a profession is regarded. She said that students from the college were from different regions of the country speaking different languages and the community college became a venue for sharing experiences as siblings.
Certificates and diplomas were handed to the graduates accompanied by a great applause of families and friends. A social science graduate, Ms. Adiam Ghebremesqel, said that her entire training was impressive because of her teachers’ remarkable effort. Ms. Kedja Ibrahim from the same faculty said that even though the training was a heavy load the effort of the teaching staff they were able to finish their pedagogy training. A natural science graduate, Mr. Biniam Zeray, told me that his choice to become a teacher emerged from a passion to teach his fellow brothers and sisters. He also added that he wants to play his role in using the newly introduced teaching method with those who live in remote areas of the country through to their mother language so they can understand the lessons with ease.
Further, Ms. Hiyti Shewit a social science graduate, said that even though teaching is not regarded highly by many, the value depends on the ethics the teacher possesses. Good ethics and devotion a graduating student exhibits will bring the value back. In addition, she thanked the education ministry for providing them an opportunity to participate in matriculation and hopes for further studies in colleges of Mai- Nefhi and Adi-Keih colleges.
Mr. Semere Russom, Minister of Education, said that the MOE has long and short term programs regarding the training of teachers through pedagogy and upgrading the capacity of graduating teachers. He also said that the graduates are with higher grades will have a chance to continue their education in Adi-Keih and Mai-Nefhi colleges, while the rest will be provided opportunities to upgrade their capabilities after working for few years.
The Minister finally called on the graduating class to do their part to help their government and their society as the government is working hard to eradicate illiteracy and advance education.