Speaker highlights importance of human resource dev’t

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Addis Ababa, 3 April 2014 (WIC) –Speaker of the House of Peoples' Representatives and Board Chairperson of the Oromia Development Association (ODA) Abadula Gemeda highlighted the significance of human resource development for national development.
While inaugurating the Adama Boarding School last Sunday, Abadula said that human resource development is the key for the economic advancement of a nation.
The Speaker also called upon stakeholders to provide all-round support for students who are joining the school.
The boarding school, which enrolled 192 grade 9 students, was established by ODA this academic year following replenishment of Adama Teachers Training College.
The students were recruited from different schools located in the regional state based on their grade eight exam results.
According to ODA General Manager Adanech Abiebie, the students' past performance was also taken into consideration. There are students who are from areas with no access to light.
Given the vastness of the state, two more boarding schools are in the pipeline to admit more students in the future thereby ensuring education quality, Abadula said.
Having appreciated the admission of more women students, Abadula reaffirmed that the trend will sensitize the society that women don't need affirmative action but protection from the biased attitude the society may harbors towards them.
ODA, via the fund raising committee established under its wing, was able to solicit over 100 million birr from across the nation since June. Various school equipment including laboratory facilities were also provided by voluntary institutions, private organizations and philanthropists at home and abroad.
At the inaugural ceremony, ODA gave certificate of recognition and award to all institutions that made commendable assistance in making the boarding school a reality.
Speaker Abadula and Water, Irrigation and Energy Minister Alemayehu Tegenu handed out the certificates and awards.