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Ethiopia joined UNESCO on July 1, 1955. The country is covered by the Addis Ababa Office.

The UNESCO International Institute for Capacity-Building in Africa (IICBA) is based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Its efforts focus on access to quality education, training for teachers and education professionals and HIV/AIDS prevention.

Ethiopia is one of the 35 countries implementing the UNESCO Literacy Initiative for Empowerment (LIFE), a 10-year initiative aimed at achieving the goals of the United Nations Literacy Decade (2003-2012).

The country also participates in the 10-year UNESCO Teacher Training Initiative for sub-Saharan Africa (TTISSA) which will assist the continent’s 46 sub-Saharan countries in restructuring national teacher policies and teacher education.


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The workshop aims to raise awareness, share innovative approaches, identify barriers and develop strategies and recommendations for the achievement of Education for All.

On 8 December, participants will join an OECD/World Bank conference on “Ethiopia Disability Screening Pilot – Findings and Scale-Plans”. This conference addresses data collection, and will try to ascertain for planning purposes the extent of the problem of out-of-school children with disabilities.

The workshop is organized by the EFA Flagship on the Right to Education for Persons with Disabilities, UNESCO Addis Ababa and the Ethiopian Education Ministry with the participation of the national TTISSA coordinator for UNESCO and supported by the Finnish Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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