An Ethiopian girl poses in her classroom in Cairo, Egypt.

It isn’t easy for migrants from other non North African countries to make it in Egyptian society. Language, religious and cultural bariers aren’t obvious to bridge. One school tries to do something about that, African Hope.
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Ethiopia celebrates the 119th anniversary of the Battle of Adwa

Today, 119 years ago, Ethiopia secured its sovereignty and made history by fighting off the Kingdom of Italy which sought to conquer and colonize the east African state.

Towards the turn of the 20th century, most of Africa had already been swallowed up and distributed among European powers in the Scramble for Africa. The two exceptions were Liberia and Ethiopia.

After having signed the Treaty of Wuchale in 1889 with then Negus Menelik of Shewa, the Italians were engaged in a disagreement with the Kingdom of Ethiopia over the interpretation and implication of the treaty. They decided to launch a military offensive against the kingdom.

The subsequent interactions on the battlefield between the two nations lasted some six years before culminating in theBattle of Adwa. The battle lasted for two days and saw Negus Menelik’s warriors forcing the desperate Italian army to retreating towards nearby Eritrea.

This victory unified Ethiopia and justified Menelik’s claim to the title of Emperor. It also established Ethiopia as a symbol, being the only African nation to have successfully fought off colonisation.

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By This Is Africa on March 2, 2015 

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South African student body wants plight of Palestinians taught in schools

Friday, 27 February 2015 14:24

A body representing South African students yesterday called on the Ministry of Basic Education to include the Palestinian struggle against the Israeli occupation in the school curriculum as an example of the “anti-colonial struggle”, the Anadolu Agency reported.

President of the Congress of South African Students (COSAS), Sandra Baloyi told reporters at the headquarters of the ruling African National Congress Party that “COSAS has received a positive response from the Department of Basic Education and will be officially meeting with the Ministry of Basic Education next week.”

Baloyi pointed out that during their meeting with the minister they will discuss a number of issue which include the compulsory inclusion of the Palestinian struggle against Israel into the school curriculum as an anti-colonial struggle.

"In particular, the comparison between South African apartheid and Israeli apartheid to be explained within the curriculum," Baloyi stressed.

COSAS also plans to demand the Ministry of Basic Education to send a student delegation to Palestinian schools to meet with their Palestinian counterparts to learn about their suffering.

COSAS Gauteng provincial secretary, Khulekani Skosana said: “We feel we cannot be South African students who are not feeling the pain of other students in the world.”

"We refuse to accept tainted money from Israeli organisations, the Israeli government and other entities sympathetic to the Israeli government," he said.

COSAS urged the Department of Basic Education to ban such funding.