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Community Engagement

EGST Community Engagement

Community Engagement is one of the major tasks of EGST together with teaching and research. It is structurally managed by the Development and Communications Department as EGST’s third Strategic Pillar for the Period 2016-2020.
It is intended to encompass the interaction between the institution and the wider society by enabling the school to be holistic in its services. Collectively, the school’s partnerships outside the academic sphere and public knowledge programs and beyond its award courses and advancement activities will form the basis for engagement with local, national and global communities.

As a locally and internationally-engaged institution, the school undertakes to draw on its research and teaching-learning capacity to work within Ethiopia and beyond with professional colleagues, students, and partners from churches, governments, communities and other institutions to address local and global challenges. Mutuality is an important element of engagement that the school undertakes.

The school will create opportunities for its faculty, staff and students and its wider community to contribute to the development of capacity, particularly within Ethiopia and other countries.

The goal is to develop a meaningful interaction with the communities for their mutual benefit and to further the public good with the objective of engaging in civic debate, influencing policy, linking research and teaching with social institutions and communities, to contribute to the advancement of communities by 2020.

Selected Strategies include:

  • Establish a legal framework and registration status for EGST community engagement programs
  • Establish and develop practical community engagement centers and field education programs
  • Engage alumni as advocates for EGST, as counsel, industry liaison, student mentors as well as through alumni programs
  • Create mutually beneficial relationships with key stakeholders in government, industry, media and community
  • Diversify community engagement projects and community outreach services
  • Provide training and consultancy services for EGST partners and stakeholders
  • Prepare and implement a Public Relations and Communication strategy for EGST
  • Develop planning, fundraising and partnership management capacity

 

Progress:

EGST’s Community Engagement has been improving over the years as expressed in its commitment for serving church and society together with teaching and research tasks.

The responsibility is further advanced in the structural enhancement of the Development and Communications Department which constitutes the management of EGST Projects and Community Services, Public Relations and Communications, Information Communication and Technology as well as Planning and Fundraising functions.

EGST students are continuously getting engaged with different institutions including churches, NGOs, public offices, para-church groups and community based organizations. This helped them not only to change theory into practice but also contributed to improving their expertise as researchers, trainers, counselors, and practitioners. Some of them travel to different rural and urban centers to interact with government experts, church ministers, and community members. Others get involved in field based empirical research.

EGST Projects and Community Services are moving into their heights in implementing Maternal and Newborn Child Health Projects in Nifas Silk Lafto Sub City Addis Ababa, and Holeta Town Administration in the Oromia Regional State. Together with World Vision Ethiopia, EGST is involved in training FBO leaders in an intervention on Channels of Hope for Maternal and New Born Children Health in 15 Area Programs/districts in Addis Ababa, Oromia and Southern Nations, Nationalities and People’s Regional States (SNNPR). What’s more, EGST graduated 97 church leaders in Gender, Health and Theology to equip them as change agents in their congregations and communities. This will continue to grow and includes more church fellowships, denominations and community leaders. Four public teacher education colleges and another four theological seminaries in (SNNPR) are working closely with EGST on Education for Sustainable Development project. This is implemented together with the EGST Centre for Environmental Stewardship and Holistic Development, CESHoD.

As part of its social responsibility to its surrounding communities, EGST cultivates street trees and sets an example in supporting green and sustainable city initiatives. EGST’s motto, Love Your City, is being strengthened in the coming years with the Addis Ababa city government. In our Environmental Stewardship Policy and Practice, we have launched solid waste segregation task at EGST inbuilt environment and we will expand this to district and sub city levels.

EGST faculty, staff and students contributed financial and other resources to support the needy including the Addis Ababa Juvenile Delinquency Rehabilitation Centre and donated shoes to teenagers who are undergoing rehabilitation in the correctional administration system. Such community actions will continue strongly in the coming years.

These are just few anecdotes of our community engagement activities together with you, our stakeholders, and there is much to be achieved out there in the market place. Our deep gratitude goes to all partners and supporters who labored with us and hope we will contribute to achieve ‘the sustainable development goals that meet the needs of the present without compromising the ability of the future generations to meet their own need’s [1]

We encourage our stakeholders to maximize their engagements with women, children, the disabled, the sick, the government, churches, farmers, families… and continue partnering with EGST. Together, we aspire to see a world  where there is no poverty, no hunger and no disease but good health, quality education, gender equality, clean water and improved toilets, affordable energy, decent work, industry, innovation and infrastructure, reduced inequalities, sustainable cities and communities, responsible production and consumption, climate action, safe life below water and on land with peace and justice[2]. In partnership, we can achieve it. So, we invite you to get involved with us. For further information contact us at the following address:

Addise Amado

Ethiopian Graduate School of Theology (EGST)

Head, EGST Development and Communications

Email: saraelon@yahoo.com

Tel. +251 113 690769

Pushkin Square, Sar Betoch, Egypt Road

P.O. Box 24934, Code 1000

Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Web site: www.egst.edu.et

Nifas Silk Lafto Sub City, District 4, House Number 003

 

[1] Bruntland, H (1987) Our Common Future, WCED, UN Reports 1987

[2]  UN 2015 ,The Global Goals for Sustainable Development