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Ethiopia and China: Global education
    2018-06-06  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

Matthew Jellick

I taught in Ethiopia for two years before arriving at Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) in Shenzhen.

I vividly remember the endless blue skies underneath which I sat, surrounded in some settings by rising plateaus upon which to set my gaze. Wonder abounded in the life I saw around me. Working as an English language fellow, I split my time between the classroom and other contexts, teaching to be sure, but perhaps more importantly, learning.

Spending two years living on the Horn of Africa in Ethiopia, I was able to gain new perspectives about myself as well as others, an experience I surely will never forget, and the lessons I brought with me when I moved continents to come and teach in China.

By some estimates, there are more than one million Chinese in Ethiopia, many of whom are working on various infrastructure projects, from railways to telecommunications. A global player on the world stage, China has not shuddered from the call of international relations, for as even as early as 2014, when I first arrived in Addis Ababa, I remember conversations that revolved around the Sino-African narrative. To a large degree, both the United States and China have important partnerships which continue to aid in the development of Ethiopia, with strategic approaches from both ends.

My particular interest is of course education, and that is how I found myself in Africa: To develop sustainable teaching methodologies which could be used in classrooms from high school to the university level. Similarly, my involvement with tertiary education brought me to Shenzhen, where I am a senior lecturer at SUSTech.

An office we have on our university campus here, UNESCO International Center for Higher Education Innovation (ICHEI), does global engagement work beyond China, including with numerous countries in Africa, specifically Ethiopia! From Addis Ababa University to the Ethiopian Ministry of Education, our UNESCO ICHEI office is able to partner with stakeholders who likewise have a vested interest in continued educational opportunities, working with them on both continents, and in fact, hosting an upcoming seminar on Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Application in Higher Education for African Countries. I was honored to recently have the opportunity to sit down with our campus UNESCO office to share some of my experiences as they pertained to my education in an Ethiopian framework, helping to shed light on differing platforms, including language training and cultural outreach.

I view myself not as an American educator but rather as a global one. Sure, I incorporate into my curriculum the practices I learned from my university studies in California, but equally, I share teaching methodologies which I practiced in Ethiopia as well.

Both have value and place in any classroom, be it in the U.S., Africa or Shenzhen and should be acknowledged in all learning arenas. I am grateful for the personal and professional growth each of these respective places have given me, and to have continued opportunities to share these experiences with others is another piece of the puzzle which makes up the complexities of global education, where learning is lifelong and worldwide.

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