McGill Interns in ATTSVE Project

Internships are part of the Agricultural Transformation Through Vocational Education (ATTSVE) project and are intended to provide selected ATVETs with additional support in key areas. The internships are also designed to provide students with invaluable work experience within an international development project environment in a full-time intensive environment during the university summer. In Summers 2017 and 2018 McGill component of the ATTSVE project provided this opportunity in Ethiopia for McGill students. Two interns and three interns travelled to Ethiopia respectively in 2017 and 2018.

Summer 2017

Hani Sadati

Hani Sadati started his Ph.D. program in September 2015 at the Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Faculty of Education, McGill University. His doctoral project is on Participatory Digital Game Development to Address Sexual and Gender-based Violence in Agriculture Colleges in Ethiopia.

Adrianna Lemieux

Adrianna Lemieux is originally from Montreal and lived in Switzerland during her last three years of high school. She started her undergraduate degree at McGill University in 2016, majoring in International Development Studies and minoring in Political Science and Immunology.

Summer 2018

Kyla Brophy

Kyla Brophy is a PhD student in Counselling Psychology at McGill University. Her doctoral research investigates the role of self-compassion in promoting resilience and well-being, conducted under the supervision of Dr. Annett Körner. Kyla’s interests in community consultation and gender-transformative programming are informed by her experiences working across Canada and internationally.

Lauren Hennig

Lauren C Hennig is a first year Masters of Arts student in the Department of Kinesiology and Physical Health Education. Growing up in rural Alberta, Lauren gained practical experience in agriculture and community development. She has volunteered internationally, teaching in Kenya, and locally in her community on projects that support education and sustainability.

Simone Tissenbaum

Simone Tissenbaum is a Masters student in Education and Society. Her thesis explores the topic of gender-based violence and sexual health & relationship education through embodied knowledge and dance/movement practice with youth. Simone is engaged in the McGill community through her work at Teaching and Learning Services as a Graduate Assistant...

The ATTSVE project is pleased to announce their interns for the summer of 2018. For the first time each of the Faculty of Education’s three departments are represented by the interns in the cohort.

The students selected are Kyla Brophy, of our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology; Lauren Hennig, Kinesiology and Physical Education; and Simone Tissenbaum, Integrated Studies in Education. All three bring extensive, varied experience with gender issues in relation to international development.

The six-year Agricultural Transformation Through Stronger Vocational Education (ATTSVE) project is designed to enhance the capacity of the Ethiopian ATVET (Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education Training) system to prepare skilled, competent technical graduates. The project aims to help move Ethiopia towards a market-focused agricultural system better poised to support the country economically, while meeting the needs of both male and female farmers and youth, and the agriculture industry. James McGill Professor Claudia Mitchell is the Project Manager for ATTSVE at McGill.

The McGill interns, along with interns from partners Dalhousie, have undertaken these placements to support the outcomes of the project by providing support to the ATVET college Gender Clubs and implementing ongoing work on addressing gender violence. For six weeks throughout the summer of 2018, the student interns will be based in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and travel to 4 ATVETs across different regions of the country, supported by the ATTSVE In-Country Office.

The Agricultural Transformation Through Stronger Vocational Education (ATTSVE) project is designed to enhance the capacity of the Ethiopian ATVET (Agricultural Technical and Vocational Education Training) system to prepare skilled, competent technical graduates. Four ATVET colleges have been selected for focused training and investment, with the intent that they will become leaders in change, sound institutional management and innovation, while at the same time serving as models for teaching and curriculum reform and demand-driven programming for the ATVET system.

ATVET colleges are largely located in the rural regions, close to the smallholder farming areas. In these areas rural youth, both the males and females, as well as adult women are often an overlooked and underemployed human resource.