Practices and Challenges of Kindergarten Education in Addis Ababa City Administration: Ethiopia

  • Sisay Wondemetegegn Haramaya University, Department of Adult Education and Community Development

Abstract

The intention of this study was to assess the practices and challenges of kindergarten education in Addis Ababa city administration. The core intentions of the study were to check the appropriateness of the instructional material, teacher quality and the physical environment of the schools. For this study, the researcher used a descriptive survey research method and both qualitative and quantitative research approaches were employed. The data gathered from 22 kindergartens, 116 teachers, 21 principals, 5 education quality, audit and inspection experts. The findings of the study revealed that in most kindergartens the key inputs, such as indoor and outdoor materials, were insufficient, there was a lack of qualified human resources and instructional materials, constituting a major bottleneck, awareness creation on the part of stakeholders was low and limited support from educational expertise to private schools were among the challenges. Therefore, Addis Ababa Education Bureau ought to be revising, preparing and distributing curriculum materials based on the interest and developmental level of the children. The city administration, in collaboration with different college and Universities, are supposed to provide training for kindergarten teachers and other personnel to enhance their capacity. In addition, the city administration may promote investors who participate in the sector to construct buildings which may function as kindergartens; “woreda (section of district)” education office in partnership with schools and other stakeholder ought to support small enterprises to produce indoor and outdoor materials. Moreover, joint training, workshops, seminars and awareness amongst pertinent stakeholders should be promoted in a coordinated manner.


Keywords: kindergarten, early childhood, preschool

Author Biography

Sisay Wondemetegegn, Haramaya University, Department of Adult Education and Community Development
Lecturer at Haramaya University (Ethiopia).His first degree is History (major) and Geography (minor) from Haramaya University and second degree is Curriculum & Instruction from Addis Ababa University. Currently, Sisay Awgichew is Head of the Department of Adult Education and Community Development. He has a research interests in the area of Child and Adult Education, Teacher Education, Instructional Technology, Multicultural Issue and Higher Education Curriculum in comparative perspectives. He has been provided training for the last ten years in various areas of education such as Teaching Methods/ Active Learning, Cooperative Learning, Instructional Planning, Balanced Score Card (BSC), Action Research, School Improvement Program (SIP) and Integrated Functional Adult Literacy.

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Published
2017-02-21
How to Cite
Wondemetegegn, S. (2017). Practices and Challenges of Kindergarten Education in Addis Ababa City Administration: Ethiopia. Multidisciplinary Journal of School Education, 9(1). Retrieved from https://czasopisma.ignatianum.edu.pl/jpe/article/view/732