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School of Social Sciences

Education is at the heart of any development. Sustainable development requires above all human development through education. Through education, societies will be able to bring about the behavioral changes, the new values and the knowledge they need to cope up with such problems as excessive population growth, depletion of environmental resources, and reduction of tangible and intangible heritage resources. This is the main motive why the school of social science was established in 2003 E.C as an independent school. Since then it was under the broad umbrella of school of social sciences and humanities. Currently, the school has two course teams, namely Geography and Environmental studies and History and Heritage Management. The major mission of the school is cultivating qualified, creative and competent graduates that are equipped with problem solving skills. The school has operational values like: quality first, team work, student centered teaching-learning approach, creating favorable working environment and professional commitment. To this end, the school has organized staff members and physical facilities since its establishment. Currently, the school has a total of 32 academic staffs, out of which 26 of them are on duty. The remaining 6 of them are attending their PhD program in the national and international universities at this time. Out of the instructors who are presently on duty, 4 of them are at an academic rank of assistant professor (PhD holders) and 22 of them are lecturers (MA holders). This staff profile has been realized by the great effort of the school on staff development scheme that is guided by staff development plan. All the staff members of the school are male in sex, which implies further endeavor for gender balance. These academic staffs were engaged mainly in teaching learning and research and community service activities. This year alone three community service projects and one research is being undertaken by the school instructors. Two of the projects were directly targeted to solving the problem of the surrounding community, while one was emphasizing on preserving the cultural and ethnographic heritage resources of the South east Ethiopian society. The research focused on constructing the entire history of Bale zone. Besides, instructors play a great role in academic and research work advising of the students. Moreover, the school has well established Geographic Information System (GIS) laboratory that equips the students with the skill of capturing, storing, analyzing and displaying spatio-temporal data. Thus it enables them executing quality research work, designing policy and then making decision. In addition, it has one museum that students of the school and the community at large utilize to get knowledge and experience of different cultural and ethnographic heritages resources. These facilities accompanied with field education enable the school to give quality education that satisfies its customers. The school has a plan to launch second degree (MA) program in Geography and Environmental studies with specialization on urban planning and Development in the academic year of 2007 E.C. In general, the school is working to produce graduates who contribute their share in an effort to achieve the GTP goals of the country in conserving resources, reducing poverty and maintaining good governance. 

Getachew Demissie(M.A) 
Delegate of the School Director