International Day of Persons with Disability Celebrated at ECSU
From left to right, Bosena, Geletaw ,Temesgen and Kassahun
Ethiopian Civil Service University Center for Gender and Development organized an event to mark International Day of Persons with Disability (IDPwD) on January 3, 2014 at the University`s main campus. Dr. Hailemichael Abera President of ECSU, academic and administrative staff, and staff and students with disability attended the ceremony.
Some of the participants
In his opening remark Dr. Hailemichael Abera president of the University said some of the new issues that our constitute incorporated are the rights of people with disability. Focusing on promoting accessibility and removing all types of barriers is not a matter of giving aid, rather it is a matter of enabling them exercise their right, Dr. Hailemichael added. He also said, these days people`s perception on disability and people with disability is changing. They become aware of the rights of people with disability. ECSU shows its firm stands to the realization of the rights of people with disability by establishing a desk under Center for Gender and Development headed by fulltime academic staff.
Presentation Given on Education Development Army in Higher Education
It is common these days to hear about development army, education development army, health development army, and reform army etc…in Ethiopia. What all these naming have in common is `army`. The freedictionary.com defined army as `a large group of people organized for a specific cause’. What the phrase `specific cause` in this definition refers to in Ethiopia`s context, is being able to extricate from poverty.
Some of the participants
In all sectors and aspects of life, people understand the need to act in an organized manner for this noble cause. Cognizant of this fact, Ethiopian Civil Service University organized reform army two years ago. The reform army is organized in three tiers: university level, institute or center level, and department, team or unit level.
ECSU has gone through a lot of ups and dawns before the idea of reform army reaches to the level where it exists now. People used to think that it is a kind of management tool like BPR or BSC, and it is introduced on the expense of these tools. In order to avoid these misconceptions, consecutive trainings and awareness creation meetings, and discussions were held at the university. It is after all these efforts that the concept of reform army became deep rooted in the university.
In its endeavor to foster students` awareness on socio -economic condition of the country, the Ethiopian Civil Service University, Institute of Leadership and Good Governance organized a public speech entitled "Development Plan and Economic Development: the Case of GTP in Ethiopia " on Friday, 27 December ,2013 at ECSU`s Renaissance Hall. The speech was delivered by His Excellency Dr. Abraham Tekeste, State Minister for Ministry of Finance and Economic Development.
H.E. Dr. Abraham Tekeste, State Minister for MoFED
In his presentation Dr. Abraham said the Growth and Transformation Plan is based on three premises: the country’s vision, the Millennium Development Goal and the experience gained from Plan for Accelerated and Sustained Development to End Poverty (PASDEP). Acording to Dr. Abraham, insuring high economic growth, strengthening democratic institutions, creating stable macroeconomic condition and improving social services, both in quantity and quality are the basic objectives of the GTP.
Ethiopian Civil Service University Institute of Leadership and Good Governance held a workshop which discussed the findings of Entrance Exam quality standards survey and the guideline developed for the preparation and administration of entrance exams. The workshop was held on December 26, 2013 at ECSU`s main campus.
Consulting firm presenting to the audience
Forty two participants drawn from ECSU, UNDP, French Embassy to Ethiopia and Civil Service Ministry were in attendance.
Over 60 per cent of HIV positive people across the globe are women, says an expert
“Over 60 per cent of HIV positive people across the globe are women,” said Yasmine Abu-Ayyash, Project Assistant, at the ECSU Center for Gender and Development. She said this as the World AIDS Day was observed by the university community on December 4, 2013.
In a message sent through his Executive Advisor, Demis Merid, President of ECSU, Dr. Hailemichael Aberra lauded Ethiopia’s successful fight against HIV which brought the infection rate down to 1.5 per cent. In the past ten years the number of people who died of AIDS in Ethiopia has decreased by 53 per cent. The president called upon the university community to protect themselves from HIV and contribute their share in the fight against the deadly virus.
Project Assistant, at the ECSU Center for Gender and Development on her part said women are more susceptible to HIV AIDS as they are economically dependent on men and they don’t have the power to refuse or negotiate for safe sex, especially in marriage. She indicated that the prevalence of HIV is higher in countries where there is high sexual violence.
Yasmine Abu-Ayyash said violence against women constitute many forms; any violence that results in physical, mental or sexual, emotional psychological sufferings to women. She added in most cases, such violences are perpetrated by their intimate partner or family.
Some of the staff and students who attended the event