Meles Memorial Library, ICT Centre inaugurated
Addis Ababa, 10 February 2014 (WIC) - Meles Zenawi Hub Library and ICT Centre was launched and handed over the Ethiopian Civil Service University (ECSU) as one of 'Thank You Small Library' Programme at the university main campus here on yesterday.
The programme was sponsored by UN WTO Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty (ST-EP) Foundation and the Korean Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
Civil Service Sate Minister Adamu Ayana said that the donation of books, multimedia and other educational equipment significantly contribute to build the capacity of institutions and human resource in various sectors.
ESCU President Dr. Haile-Michael Abera noted that the donation is part of the assistance of ROK government to Ethiopia to build the capacity of civil servants and support the educational training and research activity in memory of the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi.
Ambassador Dho Young-Shim, Chairperson of the UNWTO- Sustainable Tourism for Eliminating Poverty Foundation and UN MDGs Advocate also said: “I was born when Korea was very poor. Now, it has advanced economy in the world not because of natural resources but because of books .Thus, Ethiopia has also to focus on books.”
South Korean Ambassador to Ethiopia Kim Jong Geun said that since the establishment of the first pilot project in Accra, Ghana in 2007, the Thank You Small Library initiative focuses on establishing small libraries in underprivileged communities where students do not have access to reading facilities.
“ESCU students —brimming with talent, energy and hope— would make a great contribution to Ethiopia's development by drawing upon the wisdom they acquire from books delivered today,” the ambassador said.
ESCU President and Ambassador Dho Young-Shim on the occasion signed an agreement to set up and manage the UN MDGs. The Ambassador has also handed over 6,000 books to the ESCU President.
According o the Ethiopian Herald, the library and the centre valued at about five million birr.
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