September 14, 2020

Reflections on ‘Hamid Idris Awate 1915-1962’

Reflections on ‘Hamid Idris Awate 1915-1962’

By  Simon Weldemichael | On 1st September 2020, Eritreans celebrated the 59th anniversary of the beginning of the armed struggle for independence, which was initiated by Hamid Idris Awate. Not long ago, HDRI publishers published Awate’s biography, ‘Hamid Idris Awate 1915-1962’, and the 59th anniversary of the armed struggle presents a wonderful occasion to reflect on the book.

‘Hamid Idris Awate 1915-1962’ is a pioneering work written by Haileslasie Weldu, a former journalist of Dimtsi Hafash and a freedom fighter during the struggle for independence. The origins of the present volume lie in an article about Hamid Idris Awate written in November 1983. The author spent 35 years to write about the life of Hamid Idris Awate. He pored over all the available literature on the topic and interviewed 65 persons who knew Awate. The diligence and high standard of the author are reflected in the 410 footnotes scattered throughout the book, which is well-written and easy to follow. Read more

September 9, 2020

The National Unity and Identity of Eritrea

The National Unity and Identity of Eritrea

by Simon Weldemichael
The people of Eritrea were robbed of a culture and identity of their own under successive periods of colonization. The colonizers worked hard to create division, erode the culture and erase the sense of collective pride. For decades Eritreans lived, struggled and sacrificed lives and limbs together. Nation, as defined by Ernest Renan, is a soul or spiritual principle comprised of a rich legacy of memories, present-day consent, and the desire to live together to perform great deeds in the future. The common heritage, including the protracted resistance and sacrifice of generations, gave a new sense of common fate to Eritreans. More importantly, the thirty years of armed struggle helped Eritreans to enhance unity, pride, culture, and identity. Read more

International Literacy Day: A Look at Eritrea’s...

International Literacy Day: A Look at Eritrea’s Progress

by Dr. Fikrejesus Amahazion
Yesterday, September 8th, International Literacy Day (ILD) was recognized and celebrated around the world. While the global Covid-19 crisis meant that ILD events were different than usual, the day remained an opportunity to focus on literacy and education globally. The roots of ILD date back to 1965, when the idea was first conceived at the “World Conference of Ministers of Education on the Eradication of Illiteracy” held in Tehran, Iran. The following year, ILD was founded by a proclamation of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), “to remind the public of the importance of literacy as a matter of dignity and human rights.” Then in 1967, the first ILD was celebrated. Thereafter, on every September 8th since 1967, ILD has been celebrated in countries around the world with the aim of highlighting the importance of literacy in our daily lives, bringing awareness to the many and significant issues around illiteracy, and advancing the literacy agenda towards a more literate and sustainable world. Read more

September 5, 2020

Expansion of digital libraries and technology supported pedagogy

Asmara, 05 September 2020 – The Ministry of Education is aggressively pursuing installation of audio-visual facilities and digital libraries in all Middle and High Schools to bolster quality of education.

According to the Ministry, the project is initially launched at the Central Region and taps on the support of the community, Rora Digital Library, other stakeholders and the Diaspora. Read more

Eritrean Euro Virtual Festival held

Eritrean Euro Virtual Festival held

Asmara, 03 September 2020 – Nationals residing in various European cities conducted virtual annual festival from 27 August to 1 September with patriotic zeal.

The Eritrean European Festival online that were conducted for six days were hosted by the Eritrean Embassy Media over FaceBook and YouTube channels. The programs that were broadcasted for six hours each day highlighted the challenges and achievements of the past featuring stories of Eritreans and their experiences of past festivals, Eritrean artists, documentary films about Eritrea, interviews with Eritrean freedom fighters in which they recounted their experiences of the armed struggle, experiences of the generation born and raised in Europe, among others. Read more

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