In a frantic attempt to contain Islamist extremism in Ethiopia, the government is getting close to shoot itself in the foot
Selahadin Eshetu Getahun
Mohammed Mustafa (not his real name) is a third year Computer Science student in Ambo University, 114 kms west of the capital Addis Ababa. Like any ordinary student he was more interested in the pursuit of his education than anything else, least religion, and has never been bothered about being a Muslim. Six months ago Mohammed’s otherwise calm world towards his religion was turned upside down when a group of government officials came to discuss with the University community the state’s concern about “religious extremism”. The three days discussion mainly focused on how to curb the growing trend of Islamist extremism in Ethiopia. Their agenda included proposals to introduce new dressing codes and ban prayers in the University compound, an issue dear to many Muslim students.
It takes little to understand that an educated society is one that transforms itself into higher levels of innovation and productivity. The World Bank in its 2007 quality of education and economic growth report says, “Education can increase the innovative capacity of the economy – knowledge of new technologies, products, and processes.”
Other studies show in many countries individuals’ earning is dependent on their level of education. That may be partially true, but certainly undeniable.
A global health conference in Addis Ababa attempts to address the issue of health equity. The host too has its own challenges to overcome
There is no lack of international conferences aimed at addressing pressing matters related to global health problems. October 21st 2011 marks a historic milestone for a healthy world (hopefully). Invited by the World Health Organization (WHO) more than 1000 participants from 125 countries came together in the beautiful city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and adopted the Rio Political Declaration on Social Determinants of Health, a declaration aimed at achieving equitable distribution of health provisions to their citizens.