With a background in teaching, educational planning, and management, Samuel is passionate about working for and contributing to inclusive social development through quality education. Samuel has served in the Ethiopian education sector over the last three decades in various capacities, including as a high school teacher, academic dean at a teacher training college, and advisor at the regional and Federal Ministry of Education. Furthermore, he has served as senior expert and education program lead in several local and international NGOs. Samuel spent a decade serving as chief education program head at the UNESCO Ethiopia and the South Sudan offices.
During these many years of service, Samuel has enriched his knowledge and experience in how to apply and build effective education programs. Samuel is a strong advocate for the essential role of adult and nonformal education in social transformation and development. Accordingly, he has played a significant role and contributed to the baseline studies, development of adult education strategies, and tailored programs in Ethiopia and South Sudan.
The practical experiences that Samuel has developed in designing curriculum in formal and nonformal settings, teaching-learning, and assessment skills have helped him to quickly understand, internalize and lead the Speed School program in Ethiopia. Samuel is skillful in fostering synergy between stakeholders and partners towards a common goal. He is humorous, a diplomat in handling conflicts, and courageously ambitious in achieving the desired results.
What’s your favorite aspect of the Speed School program?
My favorite aspect of Speed School program is the holistic training and activity-based learning. These elements promote creative and critical thinking in every lesson and training with which children and facilitators engage.
What book, film or quote has shaped the way you think?
The famous Book “ Fiiqiir Eske Meqaabir”
Why did you decide to work at Geneva Global?
I decided to work for Geneva Global because it is an organization that understands the importance of learning and knowledge building. The organization allows me to read, exposes me to new ideas, and provides me the opportunity to develop and innovate on the successful Speed School model. I am so happy working for Geneva Global because it is a learning organization striving towards excellence.