Passing the Torch of Leadership to the Next Generation – Abugida
On Sunday, November 4, 2007, North America and DC-Metro Kinijt Youth League held a meeting at Radison Hotel, 2020 Jefferson Davis HWY, Arlington VA 22202. More than 200 people showed up at the event. (more…)
On Sunday, November 4, 2007, North America and DC-Metro Kinijt Youth League held a meeting at Radison Hotel, 2020 Jefferson Davis HWY, Arlington VA 22202. More than 200 people showed up at the event. They enjoyed the cocktail refreshment and music by the DJ while attending the event.
Among guests of honor attending this significant event were Dr. Berhanu Nega; Dr. Hailu Araya; Eng. Gizachew Shiferaw; Ato Beruck Kebede; Artist and Human Rights activist Tamagne Beyene; Ato Nigussie Nega ; Dr. Abraham Bekele and Ato Yilma from DC-Metro Kinijit Support Group and Ato Aklog Limeneh, Chairman of KNAASO.
Most of the Guests made brief speech but all had one very important message – “The youth must carry forward the struggle and break the vicious cycle of gossip and bickering politics “. They reminded the youths to be ready to embrace responsibility, to exercise creativity, to participate in leadership teams and to prepare for senior levels of leadership. They blamed their generation and before for not passing down the proper values.
A videotaped message was delivered by Wzrt. Birtukan Mideksa. She reminded the youth to be the owner of the struggle and must do so for their own survival.
Ato Aklog Limeneh stated, In Ethiopian Politics, it is always the norm to not pass the Torch of Leadership to the next generation and this cycle must be broken. He said that one of the most important and fulfilling tasks of any leadership should be passing the torch to the next generation.
Tamagne quotes from a Russian saying ….One day, a young man went out riding. In the fields he saw a very old man planting a fig tree. Surprised to see a man who was planting a tree for fruit from which he could hardly hope to eat, he approached the old man and asked “You are too old to enjoy the fruit of this tree, why are you planting this tree now?” The old man replied, “If I might not taste the fruit of this tree, my children and grand children might do, just as I have eaten the fruit of the trees planted by my forefathers.” The moral of the story is that we should not be so myopic in our way of thinking and planning. We should remain committed to efforts that will bring freedom and democracy, not only for generations of Ethiopians alive today, but also for the sake of generations to come.
We, the Abugida crew were present at the event and fascinated to see what these young Ethiopians were able to put together over this short period of time. We also admired the group’s teamwork. It reminded us what an Ethiopian Preacher once said in a church gathering. He asked “Why is it that Ethiopians do not do well in Soccer but in short and long distance running?” The answer to the question was “It is because Ethiopians do not like team work”. DC-Metro Kinijt youths have proven that saying wrong.
Here at Abugida, we would like to say kudos to DC-Metro Youths for the job well done.
Watch here the news coverage of this event on ouretn news