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Background about faculty of education

  • History

The  University  of  Gondar  (UoG)  was  officially  established  with  its  current  status  and autonomy in 2004. In 1954 the university was initially established as a Public Health  College  and  Training  Centre  (PHC  &  TC)  now  known  as  the  College  of  Medicine  and Health  Sciences. After a long journey the university has seven colleges, one institute, two faculties and one School in five campuses in 2017. Therefore, the Faculty of Education is one of the academic units of the University of Gondar which officially established as School of Education. The Faculty of education as a legal entity of the University appeared to be a budgeted academic wing in the 2009/10 fiscal year though it wasn’t in a position to commence its service by admitting students. The Faculty had two academic staffs and one secretary until January 2010. One of the academic staff was female who charged with responsibility coordinating the Faculty and the other male was assigned in the university Educational Quality Assurance and Audit office until the Faculty begins its regular duty of training students. The Faculty is assumed as a vital portion of the teaching –learning process of the University which takes a prime mission for preparing highly qualified professionals in the fields of education.
The Faculty of Education before the commencement of its academic service was situated at Tewodros Campus. Major organizational changes in terms of the assignment of academic staff have been observed since February 2010. Since August 2010 the Faculty was transferred to Maraki campus by sharing three offices and two classrooms from the School of Law. The Faculty had begun providing education and training since September 2010 with two departments i.e. Educational Planning and Management and Special Needs and Inclusive Education. During that time the Faculty of Education had a total of ten academic staff and three support staff. Out of the ten academic staff, four were from the department of Special Needs and Inclusive Education out of which two were assistant graduates with BA in Special Needs Education and the rest two were with MA degree in educational psychology and Special Needs Education. Of the six academic staff of the department of Educational Planning and Management, five were males and one was female.
The first batches of the Faculty of Education were 113 of which 95 were males and 18 were females. The number of students admitted in the department of Educational Planning and Management were 63 out of which 53 were males and 10 females. The number of students in the department of Special Needs and Inclusive Education was 50, of which 42 were males and 8 were females. The students from Educational Planning and Management were from two sources i.e. students who directly joined the University from preparatory classes who are fulfilling higher education entrance points and students drawn on advanced standing basis while students form Special Needs and Inclusive Education were directly joined the University from preparatory classes who are fulfilling higher education entrance points. The total number of students selected on advanced standing basis for the department of Educational Planning and Management were 12 males and 3 females. Besides, the Faculty began summer undergraduate programs in both departments in July 2011. The number of students who has been admitted/ enrolled in July 2011 was graduated in 2015. These who were graduated in the department of Educational Planning and Management were 504 students and in Special Needs and Inclusive Education were 24 students. Similarly in July 2013 the Faculty began Post Graduate Diploma programs under the department of Educational Planning and Management. The first batch of the Faculty was graduated in 2013. A total of 97 students were graduated from both departments in regular undergraduate program. So far six batches have been graduated since 2013.

Since its establishment, the Faculty is striving to expand its scope and service. The number of departments and programs are increasing from time to time. Currently the Faculty has three departments in undergraduate program including the department of Adult Education and Community Development which has been launched in 2015. The department has received its first batch 33 students in September 2016 in undergraduate program. In the same academic year the Faculty has opened three postgraduate programs. These are: MA in Educational Planning and Management, MA in School Leadership and MA in Special Needs and Inclusive Education. Besides, the Faculty began undergraduate extension program in Educational Planning and Management in 2014/2015. Such expansion of the programs makes the School of Education promoted to Faculty of Education since 2016.
Since the establishment of the faculty, over 1,500 professionals has been graduated. In this academic year (2016/17) the faculty has a total of 2075 students in all programs who are attending their education.

  • Vision

Our vision is to be the leading societal problem-solving Faculty in the country by 2020.

  • Mission

 Our mission is  to  contribute  to  the  sustainable  socioeconomic  development  of  the country  by  producing  vibrant,  compassionate  and  responsible  citizens  through societal  needs  tailored  curricula;  conducting  problem  solving  research;  and strengthening community engagement, and technology transfer.

  • Core Values of the Faculty

Quality in all: strong commitment to high standards in all  aspects  of its educational  activities, research, community engagements, and support services, and uses feedback from  its  participants  and  supporters  to  enhance  its  programs  competency  in  an efficient way.
Customer first:  We put the good of customers first and seek to develop responsible citizens   committed to the common good.
Solidarity and Teamwork: Enhancing unity and forming cohesive teams determines our future success.   Thus, we value solidarity and encourage team work in our process.
Sustainability: Promotes diversity in its policies and practices to prepare its learners to live and work successfully in an increasingly diverse society.
Invention and Innovation: Creativity and innovation as hallmark of our efforts, we are  in  a  higher  education  industry  where  creativity  and adaption  to  its  changing environment and responds to the needs of the community.
Care  for  Staff: Our  success  is  based  on  attracting,  hiring,  developing  and  retaining best employees.
Faithful  to  ethics: we  comply  to  legal,  social  and  professional  ethics  and  norms which  is  crucial  for  our  development;  Practices  of  accountability, transparency, fairness, honesty, and objectivity in dealing with its constituencies.