Some 60 Ethiopians, descendants of Korean War veterans awarded free scholarship to RoK

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Addis Ababa, December 13 (WIC) - The first pack of 60 among 300 Ethiopians, who are descendants of Ethiopian veterans, participated in the 1950 Korean War, who won free scholarship to the Republic of Korea (RoK) saw off in a ceremony organized here on yesterday.
It was noted that all the 300 students would go to South Korea in two years time to study electronics, automobile, electricity, information technology and other fields of study for eight month.

On the occasion, RoK ambassador to Ethiopia Jong Geun Kim said Ethiopians young soldiers during the 1950 Korean War had contributed greatly for today’s advanced Korea.

He said the relation of the two countries started during the war and has been flourishing since then.

Foreign Relation and Scholarship Bureau head with the Ministry of Education Mitiku Berecha on his part said the government of Korea is supporting the human resource development program through short and long term trainings.
He said the scholarship is to recognize the sacrifice paid by the young Ethiopian soldiers during the Korean War.

Korean War Veterans Association President Colonel Melese Tessema on his part expressed gratitude for the Korean government for its free scholarship after six decades of that historic war.

It was noted that the Korean government would spend nine million US dollars for the scholarship program.
While discussing with the late Prime Minister Meles Zenawi in Seoul almost a year ago, the South Korean President Lee Myung -bak said, “The people and government of Korea will never forget the sacrifice paid by Ethiopian veterans in those hard times of Korea and Korea will further continue providing economic assistance to Ethiopia.”