A call to all Ethiopian Academicians in the Diaspora – By Lemlem Tsegaw

September 7th, 2010 Print Print Email Email

First and foremost, I thank Professor Alemayehu as usual for doing great narration to inform all readers concerning the latest assault by Meles Zenawi’s Regime on the Ethiopian people.

Reading the “Ethiopia: Indoctri-Nation” By Alemayehu G. Mariam, September 6, 2010” inspired me to write my view – a call to all Ethiopian Academicians in the Diaspora. My concern about the Ethiopian Ministry of Education issuing a ‘directive’ is well addressed by Professor Alemayehu, what is interesting is how the “Ministry of Education” has become ignorant and demonstrates its expectation for the Ethiopian people to go back to the dark ages so that the “illiterate” people will continue to be a house maids and a cotton pickers for the elites children who gets their education abroad and return home to the palace. It is actually an irony that king Haile Sellassie issued a decree for all boys and girls to go to school; however less than 100 years the new “Kings” will attempt to reverse that decree.

Here is my call and challenge to all academicians for each one of them to stand and counted by doing what they know best. That is, to write and educate their students and others about the Ethiopian education system in general and the current decree in particular. No matter where in the world they are teaching (outside Ethiopia), they need to dare because no one can put them to jail for writing about their academic field using Ethiopia as a case in point. I want to challenge them and offer the following actions to take:

solicit a letter writing campaign even draft a letter to be sent to all Ethiopian “Universities” presidents, do the same to all foreign ambassadors in Ethiopia, Women’s Lawyer Associations, and African Union, do the same to all African countries Ambassadors in their country of residences, World Bank, and President Obama, and copy to Melse Zenawi, United Nations, and European Union.

I hope they will arise to the call and be counted. If not may God and history judge their silence.

Sincerely,

Lemlem Tsegaw

  1. tufa
    | #1

    Dear All,

    Zenawi happy to see this since his objective is to see and enjoy when ethiopians are suffering. He and the hyenas surrounding him are working hard what ever they can to demoralize Ethiopians while they are snatching resources from our poor people.in many parts of the world Leaders do what something new and good for their people Zenawi Devaluate Ethiopian money by 20% purposely to extend the misery of the poor. this is Zenawi gift for Ethiopians new year.

  2. Mekonnen Tesfahun
    | #2

    I hate to say it, but is it not a question of we told you so. Education
    20 years ago was basic but far better quality. The Ministry of Education has allowed the private insitutions to flourish uncontrolled, relatively unregulated and in any willy-nilly way! Any Tom, Dawit or Ahmed could open a ‘school’ or ‘medical college’. Now they reep what they have sown. A Meles of a Mess! While there are, indeed a lot of garbage distance learning programs, poor assessent methods, exam conduct and proctoring protocols in existence inside some places; the EPRDF itself is the author of the mess. The Ministry of Education would far better spend its time inspecting and snooping around the trashy institutions inside Ethiopia it licensed and did not license; then closing down the rubbish bodies it deems poorly equipped and poorly taught. First the Ministry needs to put its own house in order before it starts calling the “jebena” a jebena….Also some of the EPRDF members themselves should take distance learning courses preferably endorsed by the Amnesty International or Human Rights Watch on how to handle journalists, opposition leaders and deal with Crimes Against Humanity.
    Also they should learn a bit more degree of humility and honesty in lieu of all the spindoctoring doublespeak they reserve for the Feranji and Ethiopian international community.

  3. Ambaw
    | #3

    When are we going to get rid of this culture of begging others. The government begs, the diapora begs (lettle writing, another fancy term for begging) Tell me, Lemlem what d you thik will happen after all the letters are written? they will end up where the previous letters ended up in the garbage bin of the white man

  4. Balcha Gebeyhu
    | #4

    Our Dear Lemlem,

    Your idea is nobel. Letter writing & marching have its place in the history of a struggle for freedom & Democracy. Let people continue to chose their form of battle against this evil system. However, the time now calls for an intensive struggle to free our citizens from such tyranical rule of Meles Zeneawai & Co. It is a general knowledge by now that what works most to shorten the life span of a dictatorship is (not writing a letter) a major financial support to the causes of the struggle by the Diaspora.

    There are many organizations to give support to…however the most lethal so far has been ESAT, based on the level of pain it has caused on the TPLF thugs & its supportes within such a short time. Needless to say, the main reason why such unpopular government is able to survive is through the use of force and fraud. Much has been said about the total control of the military by TPLF.

    However, little is known about its attempt for total control of knowlege and information for the public. Someone once wrote that the young Ethiopians today, unlike their countrparts of the 60′s to 80′s, they know more about the names of the British football stars than the names of the patriots who lost their lives defending their country against foreign or domestic invasion of their country. Ask them who Balcha Aba Nefeso, Abebe Areggai, Alula Aba Nega, Belaye Zeleke, Desta Damtew & Zereyhe Derese, etc are..one will get a big surprise, for good reasons…..the current educational system is being used to deconstruct our society and to create divison among our citizens & not to really educate the current generation. Banning even the “long distance” degree, what ever it is worth, is part of the ruling tyrannical policy.

    In short, for quick and proven results, diaspora must also continue their financial support to expand or jump start ESAT & others that educate & provide information to our citizens in the virtue of democracy & the rule of law that they are so much still lacking in present day Ethiopia.

    God Bless Ethiopia

  5. sidetegnaw
    | #5

    Lemlem is inspired!!! I wonder what she would write out her unlucky mind, Unlucky because it is invested in a cause that has no honesty and responsibility. I wish you could ask the question “what if” and try to answer your questions. You better be uninspired that write this

  6. Dawit
    | #6

    Abugida, this is what wonders me. If you can’t post comments that are of different opinion, how can I trust you on who you are? I talked my mind and you rejected my comments, where the hake is the democracy you are talking about?Where is the moral ground to blame the EPRDF when in fact you are doing the same, if not equal thing, you are killing ideas.

  7. Anonymous
    | #7

    Dear Ambaw:

    I appreciate your response to my suggestions. My response to your concern, “Tell me, Lemlem what d you think will happen after all the letters are written? They will end up where the previous letters ended up in the garbage bin of the white man” is I do not know. If you reread what I said is a suggestion I offer is for the educated Ethiopians. You can offer a better method or approach that is doable. There is Ethiopian saying, “Kizet ferto saytegu ayaderum” loosely translated, one cannot stop sleeping due to fear of a nightmare. I also believe that anyone who cares about our people must try her/his part no matter how small. Therefore; my brother, do your part and add to the blessings to others.

    Lemlem Tsegaw

  8. Lemlelm Tsegaw
    | #8

    Dear Ambaw:

    I appreciate your response to my suggestions. My response to your concern, “Tell me, Lemlem what d you think will happen after all the letters are written? They will end up where the previous letters ended up in the garbage bin of the white man” is I do not know. If you reread what I said is a suggestion I offer is for the educated Ethiopians. You can offer a better method or approach that is doable. There is Ethiopian saying, “Kizet ferto saytegu ayaderum” loosely translated, one cannot stop sleeping due to fear of a nightmare. I also believe that anyone who cares about our people must try her/his part no matter how small. Therefore; my brother, do your part and add to the blessings to others. Lemlem Tsegaw

  9. samsom
    | #9

    it is a good call
    happy new year to all
    majority of tegaru are against weyane adawan regime.
    we, tegaru fighting side by side with ethiopian to defeat this evil regime
    he is killing us tegaru by one as we speak.
    even TPLF are divided and fighting each other behind close door
    fact

    Video: TPDM makes a surprise attack on Woyane’s army

    http://www.eastafro.com/Post/2010/09/10/tpdm-makes-a-surprise-attack-on-woyane%e2%80%99s-army

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