Teaching in Ethiopia

A student named Abenezer Tesfaye, from the Catholic School in the village I live, wrote and presented this in his Scouts Club meeting. I was very impressed and inspired by what he wrote. I will type (with minor corrections) what is written below:
Education is movement from darkness to light. The roots of education are bitter but the fruits are sweet. knowledge is light but lazyness is darkness. The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and critically. That is the goal of true education. Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.
The Scouts of Africa Club at our school whom I teach about the environment every Monday

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A map of the world in the Catholic School in my town
The rules of the school in Amharic (which yes, I learned to read… but no, I don’t understand many words I read)
The beautiful gardens of the Catholic School established by the Capuchin Fathers
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One day the school Italian donors came to visit and we had a stage show where I spoke about my experience teaching at the school (next to me is my good friend, the school principal)
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My host sister’s school in Menagesha, Oromia region


With my host sister, we built a hand washing station which uses little water called a tippy tap


Students excited to wash their hands!


After installing the tippy tap, the students stood outside and sang songs for me


My host sister who is a teacher at the school and installed the tippy tap with me

tippy tap with host sister

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My host sister’s son (my favorite!)

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My friend who is a Cabrini Sister teaching at a local school


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