A total of 83 M.Sc. students from 5 Departments of Natural Science College, namely Biology, Chemistry, Information Science, Mathematics and Statistics were divided into 4 groups to carry out Developmental Team Training Program (DTTP) in order to materialize the CBE philosophy of Jimma University. Two of the groups were assigned to two schools in Agaro town and the other two groups to two schools in Jimma town.
Each group has identified and prioritized problems based on the survey they conducted, then they wrote proposals and defended. After that they went back for intervention and spent five weeks with the community to solve the problems along with the community, whereby they proved JU’s claim of being in the Community.
The group which was assigned at Hibret Primary and Junior Secondary School in Jimma town (Group IV) has done an extraordinary job. Officials from the University, including the Vice President for Administration and Development, Dean of Natural Science College and also officials from different governmental offices of Jimma town, parents and other stakeholder were present on the occasion of handing over what the group has carried out. Accordingly, Chemicals and Apparatus, Desktop Computers, books, tables, chairs, shelves, etc that costs more than 196,300 Birr was secured. After the intervention, the Science laboratory is established, the library is fully furnished, the ICT room is established, 7 PCs and one printer installed and the Record and Archive Room is organized in professional way. What has been performed by this group is a model and one can learn from this on how to make a difference by mobilizing the community.
Hibret primary and junior secondary school director, teachers and parents expressed their excitement and thanked the group. The director vibrantly expressed her feeling and said “Yes you are in the Community!” She also said we learned a lot from the PG students about team work, use of time and creativity. The school community vowed to work hard for the sustainability of what has been accomplished. For more please go the Website of CNS at