Ethiopia Will Get 100 Mln
USD for its Education Sector International educational development
organizations and donor countries have donated 100 million USD for
Ethiopia’s education sector.
Ethiopian Education Minister, Shiferaw
Shigute announced that the fund that will be released in January 2014
will be mainly used to ensure quality education.
A 550 Million USD fund
is also on place for the next four years for ensuring quality education.
At this time, education ministers from 85 countries, international
educational development organizations’ officials and others have
gathered in Addis for an important educational summit to discuss on and
evaluate the financial and professional help the donor countries are
delivering. In the summit, Ethiopia’s success story in the area of the
primary education coverage is honored.
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Gelila Assefa Puck Changes Ethiopia's Future
They say that charity begins at home, and though Gelila Assefa Puck, 43, has made Los Angeles her home for well over 20 years (and is involved in several philanthropic endeavors here with her superstar husband, Wolfgang Puck), when it came time to launch her own charitable organization, the Dream for Future Africa Foundation (DFFAF), her heart turned back to her original homeland, Ethiopia.
The idea for Dream for Future Africa actually originated with another philanthropic project in which Assefa Puck was involved, The Ethiopian Children’s Fund. “I had been on the board of a friend’s organization since 1998, when the group founded a school in Ethiopia,” explains Assefa Puck. “When the first children we enrolled in 1999 were getting ready to graduate in 2010, it was a huge milestone, and though some were headed to university, others were not. I thought, maybe I can take on the commitment to extend their education.”
Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- While many of us may take books and reading for granted, many people in developing countries don't have that simple privilege.
Downtown Church in Columbia is trying to change that by putting 1000 books into the hands of students in Ethiopia.
"There were American missionaries in the 1960s and 1970s that gave my father an opportunity so if not for them, I would still be in Ethiopia probably," said Pastor Amos Disasa.
Now 30 years after his family came to America, the pastor and members of Downtown Church in Columbia are traveling halfway around the world to help students in his native country.
High-level workshop on a new "Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology in Africa" began today in the Ethiopian capital.
The three-day event organized by the World Bank and the Government of Ethiopia connects Ministers of Education and Training from nine African countries with a wide range of experts from Brazil, China, India and Korea.
Ministers from Ethiopia, Guinea, Liberia, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Sudan and Tanzania are here to seek systematic collaboration on one of Africa's greatest challenges - meeting today's rising demand for cutting-edge, market-relevant skills in a number of rapidly expanding industries.
"Out of this workshop, I hope we can come up with some very strong and practical recommendations to strengthen the collaboration between partner countries and African countries to strengthen the contributions of technical and higher education institutions in the economic development of our nations," said H.E. Ato Demeke Mekonnen, Deputy Prime Minister of Ethiopia.
"The Indian private education sector would be willing to participate in this partnership provided that there is a conducive regulatory environment that makes investment in education a financially viable proposition," said Shobha Ghosh, Senior Director, Federation of Indian Chamber of Commerce. "Africa can leverage the experience of India, particularly in engineering, science and technology."
A team from Florida State University’s Center for International Studies in Educational Research and Development (CISERD), one of five centers in the Learning Systems Institute, is working to develop curriculum for teachers in Ethiopia.
The project, called Ethiopia-READ, received funding through the US Agency for International Development and is being implemented by the Research Triangle Institute and its partners, including CISERD. These organizations are now working to better the education system and literacy rate in Ethiopia alongside the Ethiopian education ministry, which has found that many students cannot read at grade level.
The project began in September 2012, and CISERD got involved in January, said Flavia Ramos-Mattoussi, principal investigator on Ethiopia-READ and associate director of CISERD. “From April until September, many faculty members are going back and forth from Ethiopia,” he said.
Nenette Milligan, a teacher at Conley Elementary School, recently returned from Ethiopia, and Shannon Halls-Mills, an assistant in the School of Communication Science and Disorders at FSU, is scheduled to leave for Ethiopia later this week. In addition, there are reading specialists and faculty members from the College of Education involved in this project. Ethiopia-READ is expected to continue until 2017 and reach 15 million Ethiopian children.
“I’ve been teaching at Hartsfield Elementary School for nine years, doing intervention and reading with at-risk students,” Milligan said. “I was able to become a very effective teacher and FSU heard about what I did and talked me into it. I was really privileged.”
When the pressure to sell cigarettes at her convenience store at East Colfax Avenue and Monaco Parkway reached a tipping point, Muluye Hailemariam listened to her conscience.
"It was a hard decision because it would be good money, but I decided not to sell cigarettes," Hailemariam said. "Making money isn't everything. I have to help the next generation to be healthy."
An immigrant without a college degree, Hailemariam pushed ahead on her principles and willpower, closing her store and starting a custom Ethiopian jewelry business.
A serendipitous encounter with the commercial team from Denver International Airport then shifted her entrepreneurial focus.
The team was combing the community to recruit businesses for the Federal Aviation Administration's Airport Concession Disadvantaged Business Enterprise program, and Hailemariam fit the description perfectly.
"It's an attempt by regulation to try and have opportunity match the makeup of the city," said John Ackerman, DIA's chief commercial officer. "There's a lot of opportunity out here, but it is a lot of work for them."
After going through the Division of Small Business Opportunity certification process — which averages about 60 days — Hailemariam began operating an Ethiopian jewelry kiosk at the airport last winter and is already expanding her horizons with a joint-venture partnership that is opening a Wetzel's Pretzels in Concourse B in January.
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