Implementing a new curriculum for the Midwifery Department of Semara University


03 June 2019

Recently the Midwifery department at Semara University had to implement a new curriculum, since a new one had been released by the Ministry of Health. CINOP, Cordaid and Utrecht University are helping Semara University with implementing this new curriculum.

Several new requirements for addressing regional needs

This new curriculum added several requirements, such as increased clinical attachment and methodologies such as CBET (competency Based Education and Training) and PBL (problem based learning), and puts more focus on addressing region specific needs. Together with these partners:

  • The new curriculum has been assessed,
  • An implementation strategy has been developed,
  • And stakeholders have been involved to share experiences and best practices in regard to CBET, PBL and clinical attachment.
  • Additionally, the outline for the 10-20% free space in the curriculum has been drafted, and an educational and organization methodology to implement the content of the new curriculum have been initiated.

We have appreciated the engagement and candor that all participants have contributed to the workshop. The workshop has been proactive in coming to grips with important changes taking place around all Ethiopian universities. We have gained a better self-understanding about the challenge between the national Ministry of Health and local specific conditions.

Nejimu Biza – Dean at Semara University

Benchmark to identify challenges

During the training week three other colleges of Midwifery performed a benchmark to identify challenges, solutions and success factors. Moreover, a reflection on these problems has gained valuable insights. Additionally, the Semara staff have trained their coaching and negotiation skills

  • To guide their students optimally during clinical attachment,
  • To negotiate with stakeholders to create a good learning environment for their students,
  • And to stimulate change management.

We formed a relationship platform and networks with stakeholders experiencing common challenges which hopefully can be utilized for further collaboration, mutual learning for the ultimate quality enhancement and Gender inclusion.

Nejimu Biza – Dean at Semara University

Follow up trainings

Particularly the attendance of the Federal Ministry of Health, JHPIEGO and the other Universities (Debre Makron University, Debre Tabor University and Walele University) has been greatly appreciated. The presentations of the universities were very enlightening and the input given by representatives of the Federal Ministry of Health and JHPIEGO (John Hopkins Programme on Institutional Education) were highly relevant. In the coming year follow up trainings for PBL design will be conducted, and Semara University will start the execution of their curriculum implementation strategy.

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