Offering under and post graduate educational scholarships for students of neighboring countries, Ethiopia is playing quite a role in building the human capital of east African countries, noted Desalegn Samuel Higher Education Inspection Director with the Ministry of Education (MOE).
Two decades and a half time has elapsed since Ethiopia set on the task of arming its people with knowledge, much-needed for development. This noble task of it is not confined to citizens alone. It as well aims at reinforcing the task force of neighboring countries. The new developmental progress of Ethiopia has as an objective of taking the nation to new height and extending a helping hand to neighboring countries so that they could display a similar feat, according to Desalegn. Mindful of this, the nation is giving higher educational scholarships for East African countries.
Assigned in higher educational institutes here ,East African students hailing from the Republic of Somaliland, the Federal Republic of Somalia and South Sudan are enjoying educational services. They are pursuing first and second degree programs in about 14 national universities of the nation like Aksum, Gonder, Hawassa, he added.
Moreover, the nation offers the same higher education opportunities for refugees, who find their way into the country from different corners of the continent. Sudan, South Sudan, Eritrea, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are but to mention few.
In an exclusive interview with The Ethiopian Herald, Desalegn further said "This clicking is forging a good people-to-people relation among Africans. It will go a long way in developing the understanding of people about each other. It will be a springboard to peaceful relationships.
"We arm them with knowledge. Seeing things firsthand here they in turn help us change the wrong perception of others about Ethiopia. Such a move will help people to be highly friendly. Down the road, it will also help to strengthen the economic and knowledge muscles of the aforementioned countries,"he noted.
He went on to say,"When such siblings come to our country they will certainly adopt our culture and lifestyle, we will also adopt something from them and when they go back to their country they could play an ambassadorial role in upholding the good image of Ethiopia, which offered them the opportunity to prove strong enough."
He finally noted that, for the future, this scholarship opportunity for African countries will continue in a strengthened manner taking Djibouti aboard.