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.
“March 2nd is the day consecrated to the Angolan women, in recognition of their role in the struggle of resistance of the Angolan people against the Portuguese colonial occupation.he Angolan women have always played a prominent role in the country’s liberation process, with representative examples of the heroic deeds of Queen Njinga Mbandi…”
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
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.