Rebuilding my Childhood School
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First of all, I would like to offer a summary of my life history. This will be, I hope, helpful in setting the scene of the project itself.
I was born in 1974 in a small countryside village namely Wofargif situated in the north part of Ethiopia. The ...
First of all, I would like to offer a summary of my life history. This will be, I hope, helpful in setting the scene of the project itself. I was born in 1974 in a small countryside village namely Wofargif situated in the north part of Ethiopia. The same year the first primary school was founded and this is where my path to becoming educated started. The primary school provided schooling up to grade 6 so I eventually needed to find another place to continue my education beyond grade 6. Thus I moved to the nearest small town about 30km from my village of origin called Tiss Abay where the famous Blue Nile water fall is situated. This distance is quite considerable in a country where means of transport are scarce. The only transport available to me was my two legs. It was therefore necessary for me to stay as a lodger with another family during my time at that school, visiting my parents only once a month. It was hard to be separated from my parents in that early age but I was already determined to continue my education as I knew it would help achieve a different life from the one that is norm in the region. Tiss Abay offers schooling only up to grade 8. When I finished grade 7 and 8, I had to move to another large town called Bihardar, near Lake Tana (source of Blue Nile River) to attend high school. I stayed 4 years and completed my high school education and passed the national exam, namely, matriculation, satisfying the entry requirement for University. In September 1990, I joined Alemaya University of Agriculture situated in the east part of Ethiopia. I was delighted and continued my study with much enthusiasm. However, all this had to come to an astonishingly abrupt stop. Indeed, the dictator who was in power at that time decided to close all the Universities in the country. Students were taken to a military camp located in the south part of Ethiopia, near the Kenyan border for military training. A total of 9000 students were conscripted for this training and paraded to the training camp. The dictator eventually fled the country as the opposition took control of the country but unfortunately for us yet more trial and tribulation awaited. Shortly after taking power, the new leaders resolved to bomb the military camp. Fortunately, the generals and military officers negotiated with the Kenyan government and we were taken to Kenya where our lives would be safe. The dream of ever returning to University had sadly vanished. Personally, I arrived in Kenya on the 28th of May 1991, and spent almost three years in a refugee camp. After about three years, I found myself in France in November 1993 and another challenge presented itself. I did not know a single French word and hence had to start everything from the scratch. Thus, after interrupting for four years, I had another chance to resume my University education at the University of Poitiers, France. I started in September 1994 by taking a two-year French language course. Despite many obstacles, I successfully completed my BSc and MSc in Chemistry at the University of Poitiers. A year later, I joined the University of Mulhouse, France, for a Second MSc, in Environmental Science. Two years later, at the end of 2004, I was offered a scholarship in United Kingdom for Doctoral study in Organic Chemistry at Kingston University, London. I completed my PhD successfully publishing four scholarly articles and wining 3 prizes in research presentations. In 2008, I was offered a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Toronto and moved to Canada. When I was granted French citizenship, I travelled to Ethiopia and was able to visit my village in 2001. After what could be called 10 years of exile, I was saddened to witness the degraded state of the primary school where I started my education. Since then, I always ponder ways and means of helping repair and maintain my childhood school in order to continue the provision of education for the needy children of my village. I firmly believe that the existence of the primary school in my village was essential enabler for my long journey – the journey that has assisted me to become a PhD holder. I need your help and support in order to make this project materialise. The need for the school is huge. I am asking you to contribute and make a difference in the life of many children in my village of origin. Thank you and God Bless you all.
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