By Muna Ahmed Ibrahim
A new generation of health and agriculture professionals in Ethiopia will join the workforce better educated and prepared to improve nutrition in the communities where they work. That’s the consensus of partners and organizations involved in the Jhpiego-supported Empowering New Generations to Improve Nutrition and Economic (ENGINE) opportunity project.
A workshop held June 9 officially handed over ENGINE’s pre-service education activities to institutional and government counterparts. A consortium of partners implemented the ENGINE project from 2011 to 2016. The project, which was led by Save the Children, was funded by the United States Agency for International Development through the Feed the Future Initiative. Jhpiego’s role was to strengthen the nutrition pre-service education and in-service training for health and agriculture workers in the country.
More than 1,600 health, agriculture and nutrition professionals benefited from capacity building trainings and technical updates sponsored through the project. During the workshop, 13 project-supported institutions were awarded certificates for their partnership and collaboration.
“A country can develop only through quality education,” said Kasso Demo, of Wolayta Sodo ATVET College. “Jhpiego was not only teaching us about nutrition education. Jhpiego taught us about quality of education. Now our instructors know how to teach, how to assess skills and attitude.”
Here are comments from other workshop participants: