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This is where we post news of events arranged by Exeter Ethiopia Link in Exeter and reports of visits made by members of the Link to our projects in Ethiopia.

Publications by Valerie Huggins

Posted 9 January 2018

Early Years Education in Ethiopia

Valerie Huggins (Trustee of EEL) responded to a request to write an article about Early Education in Ethiopia for the Early Years Educator journal, based on her experience of working on such projects over many years. In the article, Valerie discusses the challenges for Majority World countries in responding to the demands of the Sustainable Development Goals and the key role that Early Childhood Education can play.

Please contact Valerie through EEL if you wish to have access to a copy of the chapter.


Outdoor Learning

EEL is supporting the development of outdoor learning spaces in schools in Nekemte. Valerie Huggins (Trustee of EEL) has written a chapter about this project called ‘Enhancing the outdoor learning spaces for pre-primary classes in Western Ethiopia’, which has been included in the Sage Handbook of Outdoor Play and Learning (2017). She emphasises the importance of taking a collaborative approach to educational development projects, and of using local materials and inexpensively made equipment to ensure sustainability.

Please contact Valerie through EEL if you wish to have access to a copy of the chapter.  


Supporting the expansion of pre-primary education in Ethiopia

EEL works with colleagues in Nekemte College of Teacher Education and specialist pre-primary teachers to promote Early Years education in Nekemte, following the Ethiopian Government’s introduction of pre-primary classes in all its schools. Valerie Huggins (Trustee of EEL) has co-written a chapter about this project with Takele Tadesse and Tesfaye Tadesse from the College: ‘Supporting the expansion of pre-primary education in Ethiopia: a collaboration between a UK and an Ethiopian HE institution’, in P. Blessinger & B. Cozza (2015) University Partnerships in Higher Education. IHETL.

In the chapter, we recommend taking a participatory approach to designing professional development for teachers, drawing on local expertise and practices to improve provision through collaborative inquiry.

Please contact Valerie through EEL if you wish to have access to a copy of the chapter.  


Early Childhood Care and Education for Sustainability

Valerie Huggins (Trustee of EEL) and David Evans (Committee Member) have co-edited an innovative and timely book: Huggins, V. & Evans, D. (eds) (2017) Early Childhood Care and Education for Sustainability: International Perspectives. London: Routledge.

The book explores issues and concerns surrounding Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Early Childhood, providing a range of international perspectives on how we can promote more healthy, just and sustainable lives through our educational approaches with young children.

In the book, Valerie draws on her experience of supporting Early Childhood Education in Ethiopia in her chapter “Complexities in implementing early childhood education for sustainability in a Majority World context”.   

Please contact Valerie through EEL if you wish to have access to a copy of the chapter.


Education for Sustainable Development through international partnerships

Valerie Huggins (Trustee of EEL) has co-authored an article on Education for Sustainable Development through international partnerships for the Early Education Journal (2015:76). We consider the role of international partnerships, such as the Connecting Classrooms initiative, in promoting global citizenship. Exeter Ethiopia Link actively facilitates links between 14 schools in Devon and schools in Nekemte to foster cultural exchange through joint projects and sharing of experiences. This article critiques such international links and suggests that promoting Education for Sustainability will bring mutual benefits to all.

Please contact Valerie through EEL if you wish to have access to a copy of the journal.