News Credited to Kimsha Blog (U.S Embassy)
The U.S. Embassy, in partnership with Dire Dawa University and the American nonprofit, International Book Project, recently were able to receive a large shipment of donated books for the community of learners in Dire Dawa. Coordinated with the help of English Language Fellow Matthew Jellick, the Embassy facilitated a payment of $8,000 USD for transportation costs from the U.S. to Djibouti via container ship, and then from Djibouti to Dire Dawa via land transport. The price of the books themselves however are worth nearly half a million dollars, with most being brand new texts from McGraw Hill Higher Education, covering disciplines ranging from Medicine to Business and from Law to Engineering.
Within the community of Dire Dawa, the books will be distributed to local libraries and schools in addition to the university itself. It is through initiatives such as this donation project which the Embassy invests in the sustainable development of education across the Ethiopian landscape, realizing that access to knowledge leads to growth across a number of sectors. These books will hopefully open up gateways to information, encouraging learners, both young and old, to invest in their education, giving them the necessary tools for continued learning opportunities.
The Embassy is grateful for our partners in Dire Dawa, including the university which hosts another U.S.-funded initiative, the Access Mirco-Scholarship Program which provides a foundation of English language skills to talented 13-20 year olds from economically disadvantaged sectors. In addition, we are excited about the upcoming opening of the new Public Library in Dire Dawa where the Embassy will host an upgraded “American Corner”, again offering students as well as the general public a space to learn about American culture, including language and education.
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Image: Dire Dawa Book Donation.