Finn Church Aid (FCA) is working to improve the quality of education for Eritrean children and youth.
Eritrea has been ranked as one of the poorest countries in the world, and sits at 179 out of 189 countries on the Human Development Index. It faces considerable challenges attaining equitable access to quality education and providing youth and adults with employable skills.
We are developing teacher training in Eritrea, to ensure that children and youth get to study with the support of a professional teacher. Motivated and skilled teachers are the basic prerequisite for learning. However, due to a critical shortage of teachers, many Eritrean teachers are unqualified and receive only minimal or no training.
In order to expand the availability of quality teacher training, FCA is working closely with Eritrean teacher training institutions and national education officials. Developing the skills of teachers and teacher trainers helps children and young people accumulate the knowledge and skills they need to succeed.
FCA supports the development of learner-centred pedagogics in the teacher training programmes. We work together with the Eritrean education leaders to support interactive learning and teaching, to adapt best practices and support peer learning and tutoring.
To connect the Eritrean higher education institutions with the international community, FCA supports short-term visits of Eritrean teacher trainers to Finnish higher education institutions as well as their participation in international conferences and seminars.
FCA supports the Eritrean higher education institutions in developing quality research, including participatory approach and multiple methodologies, for example action research. See Learning together: Collaborative action research to improve practice at the Asmara Community College of Education.
FCA contributes to the education sector development and supports Eritrean education leaders for example in curricula development, new initiatives and programmes.
Eritrea needs innovation more than ever to find local solutions to the complex and diverse social issues, such as energy, food production, health and education.
We are working with local partners to support the development of a National Innovation Centre. The goal of the centre is to harness the creativity and innovation of Eritrean youth to addressing urgent social challenges in the country, and urge the youth to generate novel local solutions.
In addition to Finn Church Aid, higher education in Eritrea is supported by five bilateral projects between Finnish and Eritrean universities.