Brave students are a resource for the country: modalities of student participation in Tigray, Ethiopia

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Abstract

Government primary schools in Ethiopia offer an example of resource optimisation for the purpose of improving conditions and learning. Through positions of distributed leadership, students share responsibility for the learning and conduct of their peers. Their elected representatives are involved in school-level decision-making through the Parent Student Teacher Association, and all students participate in gim gima (public evaluation sessions) in which they report cases of misconduct amongst staff and students. Drawing on an ethnographic case study of Ketema Primary School, this paper explores these modalities of student participation. In illustrating how a school in a low-income country capitalises on its human resources while providing students with practical experiences of leadership, the paper offers insights on pedagogies for sustainable development.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 5 Sep 2017
EventUK Forum for International Education and Training (UKFIET) Conference 2017: Learning and Teaching for Sustainable Development: Curriculum, Cognition and Context - University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 5 Sep 20177 Sep 2017

Conference

ConferenceUK Forum for International Education and Training (UKFIET) Conference 2017
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityOxford
Period5/09/177/09/17

Keywords

  • distributed leadership
  • Ethiopia
  • peer learning
  • student leadership
  • student participation
  • student voice
  • sub-Saharan Africa

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