Objectives of the Programme

General Objectives of the Department 

  • To train professionals in the field of Oromo Folklore and Literature so that the culture of the people can be enlivened
  • To train professionals who enrich the studies of Oromo Folklore, Literature and Culture by making data accessible to those who want to know more about the Oromo people 
  • To create a bridge between the indigenous knowledge of the Oromo and the modern academic world to benefit the present day generation by fostering their understanding of their real world

Specific Objectives of the Department

  • To train professionals in the fields of Oromo folklore and culture who can independently collect, document, transcribe, describe, organise, categorise, digitise and preserve the folklore genres and enrich Oromo literature
  • To produce competent professionals that can rigorously study and bring Oromo indigenous knowledge to the world of scholarship
  • To bring instructive elements of Oromo native culture to the academic arena and modern types of learning systems  
  • To study and preserve the indigenous knowledge of the Oromo society and to contribute to the development of the knowledge system of the present and future generation 
  • To help the present generation learn from the knowledge of their fathers and forefathers
  • To promote the understanding of the younger generation about the culture and cultural values of the people, elements and identities of their own people and enable them to appreciate and develop the feeling of love and belongingness towards them
  • To participate in research studies in Oromo folklore and literary genres 
  • To train personnel in various specific research methodology of folklore and literature
  • To sharpen the wits of the students by empowering them with research methods and critical thinking abilities 
  • To equip the trainees with moral and ethical values, which are necessary for carrying out research in folklore and literature appropriately
  • To train potential candidates for creative writing in Afaan Oromo 
  • To promote the trainees’ cognitive, affective and psychomotor domains
  • To train personnel who could participate in and contribute towards social services and community-based activities such as health, education, economy and other related fields
  • To play advisory and similar roles to governmental and non-governmental organisations working in relation to the Oromo people, folklore and literature since the  Department  is exceptionally interrelated with the duties, tasks and functions of culturally related offices
  • To encourage and help other ethnic and linguistic groups to establish similar sister departments in the University and together to contribute to the development of Ethiopian folklore studies. 7/21/2011 - 04:0

Entry Recruitment

Potential candidates who join the Department should fulfill some or all of the following criteria:

  • The regulations of Jimma University and the Ethiopian Ministry of Education
  • Those who have earned diplomas from teachers training institutions in languages and have the inclination and the potential to analyse literary materials and appreciate cultures and traditions are accepted on the basis of Advanced Standing Level. Any degree or diploma holder in the fields of social sciences and humanities like history, geography, sociology, language, anthropology, philosophy and other social sciences qualifications or certifications at post high school level are also eligible. 
  • Speaking and writing in Afaan Oromo is compulsory for all the candidates.

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