By Sode Degu Sode
I bet most of you do not know that there is a college offering training in the Burji language. Or do you?
Well, Dilla College of Teacher Education in Ethiopia offers Burji language and literature at the diploma level.
Started six years ago in 2014, the college offers English, Amharic, Gede’uffa, Koretee and, Burji Languages under their linguistics faculty.
Christened Dhaashatee language department, the college introduced the Burji language department in 2016 (2008 E.C) with forty students.
The name Dhaashatee is from the term Daash which is an alternative name of the Burji people.
Initially, the Burji language department admitted diploma graduate teachers who were willing to learn and teach the Burji language.
Also known as the summer program, the working teachers learn over four holidays. That is two months per year for four years.
The college later introduced regular students training in 2017 (2009 E.C). The regular students undertake a three-year full-time training.
Last year, the department graduated its first batch 108 Burji Language teachers.
The second group was supposed to graduate this year, but the plans were interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
The department has dispatched learning materials to the continuing students to help them continue learning from home during the pandemic.
Ethiopian Government recently launched a new educational policy and curriculum. The new system invites 12-grade graduates only to the college.
The new curriculum interrupted admission of the 3rd batch of students. The department, however, expects more students during the 2020/2021 admission year.
Photo: Mr. Degu the head of the department
Mr. Degu Sode Daka is the head of the department assisted by one other lecturer.
You can reach him on +2510926192382, +2510463311405 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The writer is a 4th Year Student studying Architecture at Wollega University