LECTURE: Dr. Alebachew Kemisso Haybano

March 9, 2020 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Room 220 Teacher Education Building

A New Era? The Promises of Ethiopia’s New Policy for Inclusion of Refugees into National Education System and Challenges of Local Implementation

Alebachew Kemisso Haybano
Center for Comparative Education and Policy Studies
Addis Abba University, Ethiopia


Inclusion of refugee students into national education system in Ethiopia, the promises of new refugee policy introduced since September 2016, and the complexities associated with such a major policy pronouncement will be the focus of this lecture. In the past six decades, there has been an establishment of refugee camps for people coming mainly from Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, And South Sudan. The Comprehensive Refugee Response Framework (CRRF) in Ethiopia articulates a new approach of aligning humanitarian action with development efforts among multiple actors with varying expertise, resources, and power. The lecture discussed research related to this act and local implementation. It is to shed light on not so much on the public spoken policy but of the exclusionary practices of Ethiopian communities in the peripheries
of the country hosting refugees and how these feed into the broader exclusion of refugees. Alebachew Kemisso Haybano is an Assistant Professor of International and Comparative Education, Centre for Comparative Education and Policy Studies (CCEPS) Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. His research has focused on refugee children and teachers in SubSaharan Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, and the Republic of South Africa).

Sponsored by African Studies Program and Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Dr. Alebachew Kemisso Haybano is an Assistant Professor and Director for Comparative for Education and Policy Studies (CCEPS) at Addis Ababa University (AAU). Currently he is coordinator for the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA) funded research partnership program in International and Comparative Education between CCEPS in AAU and the University of Gothenburg, Department of Education and Special Education in Sweden. Alebachew’s PhD is in education with a concentration in International and Comparative Education. His research focuses on how national education systems deal with issues of identity development and the integration/inclusion of refugees. Alebachew has extensive experience working with refugees in the camps and urban areas of Ethiopia, and has an insider knowledge of the refugee operation and refugee management systems in Ethiopia.

Alebachew’s research concerns educational issues related to Sudanese, Somalian, Eritrean, And South Sudan refugees in camps along the border areas. The Ethiopian situation provides both similarities but also major social and educational differences from that of Europe, Latin America, and the US. Alebachew’s visit will include a public lecture, meeting with graduate students and faculty, and participating in graduate classes and seminars. Alebachew will be on campus, Monday, March 9 & 10, 2020 Contract Person: Thomas Popkewitz, Department of Curriculum and Instruction (thomas.popkewitz@wisc.edu)