Addis Ababa March 01/2017 Students have called on youth to follow in the footsteps of their heroic fellow countrymen, who fought in the Battle of Adwa, by contributing to the country’s development.
A student at Menelik II Preparatory School, Nigatu Tegegn said the youth should engage in development activities that would help transform the country.
“Following in the footsteps of our forefathers that registered an historical victory, this generation should register victories in development by participating in the country’s mega projects like the Great Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, which is a flagship project of this generation,” he said.
Nigatu further emphasized on the need to incorporate the role of the youth with regard to issues of nation building and awareness on self-actualization in educational curriculums.
Another student from same school, Menbere Belete, pointed out on her part that the Battle of Adwa has not been marked on a level that shows its importance for Africa and the rest of the world.
According to her, there is lack of information about the Victory of Adwa in which the government and media institutions should take responsibility to expand and popularize.
“Government, schools and the media should give coverage to the Battle of Adwa through various means of communications like brochures, magazines, documentary films and even the social media in an entertaining fashion”, she said.
In similar vein, Abinet Mekonnen said the media should disseminate information about the Battle of Adwa and other historical assets that have meaningful influence.
He believes that it is better to incorporate the history of Adwa in greater detail in the curricula right from pre-school level to institutions of higher learning.
Civic and Ethical Education teacher at Menilik II School, Woldegiorgis Yihune commented critically by saying that the “youth give huge emphasis to Valentine’s Day and other westernized events rather than knowing and acknowledging the indigenous and marvelous domestic events”.
According to Woldegiorgis, a lot remains to be done by historians and families in developing the attitude and awareness of the youth on historical events of national significance like the Battle of Adwa.
A seventh grader at Atse Fasil School, Elias Damene said the education given about the Victory of Adwa at this level is not enough; and reference books that contain the full history of the Battle of Adwa should be provided for the school.
Addis Ababa University Institute of Ethiopian Studies Director, Dr. Ahmed Hassen said favorable environment should be facilitated for the youth to enable them to have access to the history of the country.
“The battle of Adwa is the victory of the Ethiopian people; it is a historical heritage that transcends from one generation to the other. The example set by the youth of those days in winning the Battle of Adwa should resonate among the youth of current generation,” he added.
Dr. Ahmed added that teaching, encouraging and giving awareness to youth is crucial from the beginning to the end in which Ministry of Education and other education institutions should collaborate to realize.
Ministry of Education Deputy Public Relations Director, Haregwa Mamo revealed that study is underway to improve the educational curriculum in order to fill the gap of information about the history of the country.
He stated that the outcome of the study is expected to fill the gap in the existing curricula.
Addis Ababa March 01/2017 In its attempt to strengthen the capacity of local industries by narrowing the gap in the provision of incentives and support, Ethiopia can learn a lot from Republic of Korea’s experience, Metropolitan Energy Research Center, University of Seoul said.
The remark was made on a workshop jointly organized by Korean Skill Transfer Program (KSP) and the Ethiopian government to finalize the findings on a joint research conducted in 2016/17 on the state of the nation’s industries.
According to Professor Myung Do Oh, Director of the Center, the findings show that there is a gap in the level and kind of support the country provides to local industries.
He noted that there is a gap in establishing research and excellence centers, incentives and monitoring activities, implementing programs by blending experiences gained from abroad with the situation in the ground.
He added that Ethiopia can learn from Korean experience in narrowing these gaps and enhancing the growth of the sector.
He noted that Korea has been encouraged the local industries through various incentives to balance its foreign trade deficit. This, he said had contributed to the modernization of the nation’s industry sector.
Professor Myung added that proper implementation of polices and strategies regarding local industries and expanding their diversity has helped Korea to enhance local technology and knowledge transfer to promote the sector.
In his presentation delivered on the occasion, Professor Myung stressed that diversifying the mix of local industries can be of vital importance to promote highly developed industries in the country.
Sheberu Birega, Advisor to the State Minister of Industry for textiles and leather, confirmed that the findings of the research is indicative of the situation in local industries and could serve as an input for future activities.
As the country is working to transform gradually the country's agrarian economy into industry led, learning from the best practices of Korea in enhancing the growth of the industry is important, he added.
According to him, more efforts will be made in the second five-year growth and transformation plan period to ensure the gradual transformation in accordance to the plan.
He added that efforts are being exerted to raise the share of the industry sector to the national GDP from the current 15 percent to 27 percent over the coming 10 years.