Pastoral-oriented mid-career program launched at Jigjiga

 

 

Jigjiga University in the Somali Region of Ethiopia launched a pastoral value-chain oriented B.Sc. program for mid-career extension professionals at a workshop organized for the purpose on 17 November 2015. Sixteen students, 11 men and 5 women, have been admitted for the first intake.

 

Jigjiga has embarked on the program with higher level of readiness compared to other universities. As the Academic & Research Vice President, Dr Yusuf Mohamed, said during the workshop, they had ‘late comer advantage’. Jigjiga University has already signed a MoU with the Somali Regional Government.

 

In his opening remarks, the President of Jigjiga University, Dr Abdinasir Ahmed, was upbeat about the program which he saw as a service the university could give to the region. He also indicated that they have learnt a lot from Haramaya University which is only 120 km away – and from where many of the instructors at Jigjiga graduated.

 

Jigjiga University has a full-fledged Department of Rural Development and Agricultural Extension with 8 staff. The Department will host the program. In 2014, the Department launched a regular B.Sc. program in Rural Development and Agricultural Extension – identical to the one at Haramaya. Students of this program do community-based field projects modeled on SEPs concept. They are indeed SEPs but done in communities neighbouring the university.

 

During the first semester of their second year, students of this program visit a community on Saturdays to identify community problems. They develop project proposals which they implement during the second semester of their second year. They do project evaluation in their 3rd year. The process is identical to SEPs.

 

The university has established a very nice learning resource center equipped with 10 computers and desks/chairs; book shelves with a basic collection of reference materials; television and video play-back system. The television and playback system were donated by the regional government, while the university provided the rest.

 

Jigjiga University has a very elaborate soils science/plant science/animal science laboratory. A poultry unit is also established at Jigjiga which could pass as a technology center. They generate some income from eggs. Poultry promotion could be a viable option among pastoral communities who are currently suffering from rampant malnutrition.

 



 





 



 

 




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