Breakout Session #1 – Education Sector

Executive Summary

The war in Northern Ethiopia has caused enormous destruction of infrastructures and social services facilities. The preliminary assessment of the damage in war-freed areas in the Amhara and Afar regions shows, among other things, thousands of schools destroyed and millions of students left without schools. When the Tigray region and more areas are freed from the war, it is feared that an unfathomable level of damage and destruction will be unraveled. Until schools and other educational infrastructures are restored, children of age are going to be deprived of educational opportunities, on top of all other social, psychological, and economic problems. The absence of education will have a multifaceted and long-term impact on recovery from the economic devastation and the social and personal trauma of the war.

 Session Overview

 Ethiopians at home and around the world have stepped up to mount unprecedented support in various ways. The purpose of this consultative session includes:

    • Getting a better assessment of the damage uncovered so far and possible projections
      Engaging with concerned federal, regional and local representatives to better  understand the needs and plans for recovery and reconstruction
    • Engaging individuals, organizations, and networks in the diaspora to mutually identify mechanisms of cooperation with all stakeholders  
    • Plotting a roadmap of long term and more sustained engagement to the recovery and reconstruction process
    • Encouraging express commitments from various stakeholders, and
    • Developing follow up action items and responsibilities


Monday January 10, 2022 – Breakout Sessions #1 – Education

 In-Person: Ethiopian Skylight Hotel Grand Ballroom

Venue Virtual: Zoom session

1:30 – 1:35 PM – Welcome and Program Schedule: Dr. Ayenachew Aseffa, TASFA-EDSI Conference Co-chair and Breakout                                             Session  Lead

1:35 – 1: 50 PM – Keynote Speaker:  Representative from Ministry of Education

                              Part One: Listening from the sector leads on the rehabilitation effort and roadmap

1:50 – 1:55 PM – Panelist #1 – Dr. Yohannes Benti, President, Ethiopian Teachers Association

1:55 – 2:00 PM – Panelist #2 : Dr. Matebe Tafere, Head of Amhara Regional State Education Bureau

2:00 – 2:05 PM – Panelist #3 – Mr. Ali Mohammed, Head of Afar Regional State Education Bureau

2:10 – 2:40 PM – Panel Discussion and Q &A: Moderated by Dr. Ayenachew Aseffa

2:40 – 3:00 PM – Break

                              Part Two: Discussion on sustained and coordinated Support by the Diaspora and Local stakeholders

3:00 – 3: 45 PM – Brainstorming Session: Moderated by Dr. Ayenachew Assefa

3:45 – 4:15 PM – Action Oriented Discussion  

4:15 PM Closing Remarks and next Seps: (TBD)