Project Description

Teacher Educators in Higher Education as Catalysts for Inclusive Practices in Technical and Vocational Education (TECIP) is a capacity building project between JAMK University of Applied Sciences (Finland), Federal Technical Vocational Education and Training Institute FTI (Ethiopia), Addis Ababa University AAU (Ethiopia) and University of Jyväskylä (Finland). The project is based on the long-term collaboration between the participating HEIs that has strengthened the collaboration in inclusive education between the partners.

At present, policy environment in Ethiopia is favorable for developing post-secondary TVET towards inclusion. Still, concrete actions are needed in order to promote access to education and participation in education of students with special educational needs and disabilities. As teachers have a key role in making the reforms come true, the development of TVET teacher education is the prime objective to ensure that people with special needs can properly engage in economic participation in line with the national strategies.

The mission of the TECIP project plan is to equip HE TVET teacher training providers on national, regional and local levels with necessary skills and knowledge on inclusive practices in TVET to support national development efforts towards inclusive TVET education in Ethiopia. The project will contribute to HEI ICI programme’s Result area 2: Improved quality of higher education and research environment.

As an outcome of the project, FTI develops its educational structures in terms of inclusion in TVET and has curricula on inclusive education and related modules for pre- and in-service TVET teacher programmes. As the modules developed in the project are part of the curricula, the results sustain and reach new generation of teachers. Additionally, a new in-service training model is developed for FTI and piloted for the use in future. The project scope involves all regions in Ethiopia via in-service training model. 

Key results to be achieved

  1. Two new curriculum and three training modules prepared (one for BA and one for MA preservice training and one for in‐service), which are integrated in the SEN and Inclusive Education course
  2. Five regional events/workshops conducted and knowledge on inclusion delivered for 150 persons at Federal, Regional and local levels on inclusive education in TVET
  3. 15 teacher trainers of FTI trained on inclusion and professional development plans prepared for them, including an awareness raising event for the whole FTI staff (N=100)
  4.  In‐service training model developed for FTI, which consists of the Training of Trainers programme for 100 TVET teachers and practice in delivering knowledge on inclusive practices for 1000 TVET teachers in regions.

The Higher Education Institutions Institutional Cooperation Instrument (HEI ICI) supports cooperation projects between higher education institutions in Finland and the developing world. The projects support the HEIs as they develop their subject-specific, methodological, educational and administrative capacity. The programme is funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and administered by the Finnish National Agency for Education.