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Discussion with Wollo University '
On 14 December 2015, I had a fruit full discussion with two departments from Wollo University, Dr. Fikru Mokonon, the Plant Science department head, and Mr. Fasil Waleilgn, Health Science department head. .
The main topic of the discussion was “How their students become members of RSP and MAAN.
Next to introducing each others, I have described NMA-Project and MAAN. And the reason why ISD is invited Wollo University students to this network.
Benefit of students and university from MAAN in related to Nutrition.
The two department head surprised about the time how this linked with the agenda that they were discussing in meeting on this day.
Dr, Fikru raised from his long term experience that why the issue of nutrition ignored in Ethiopia. But current the government and other actors gave high attention and he remember that last week Ministry of Education sent new circulated to the University to establish “Human Nutrition department” and this is good opportunity to both the students and university. Ato Fasil added that Nutrition course has provided to different field in the human health, such as “ public health” and “ Nursing “ both have been taking this course but different approach based on the course characteristics.
Some clarification question were raised from them like, Does ISD have a specify demand on this, I responded that ISD does not have any specific demand, the criteria is commitment to talk and work on human Nutrition, specially learn to address children and women nutrition issue. And I forwared that they can learn more from the MAAN and NMA-document. We concluded that, the issue of nutrition that came from ISD is timely and wel-come. Especially the approach to link agriculture and heath together is well-taken.
So, Wednesday 16, December 2015 has taken as tentative plan to talk with selected students from both horticulture and health department students, maximum 10 from each. The students will be selected based on their criteria either from the post graduate or first degree students. The main point is they must have interest to work with the community. Better if they have rural work background. They suggested focusing more to postgraduate students.
Dear all, Greeting from Alex,
I am worrying the current situation of people. Why we break our commitment?. There are evidences that we are committed in life, eg- To find our partners (girl/boy friend or wife/husband) we are running here and there, we do not stop until we reach final, Another, We are committed to do give our life for something eg. Look the terrorists, how they are committed to keep the innocents.
So, why the development worker lost their commitment.
Pls, react if you have ideas on these points.
Dear Selam, and other all RSP from Wollo and Woldeya universities,. And the same as all target woreda RSP, like Abiy
Greeting from Alex. I have two things that I want to ask your efforts.
The main point is exchanging our opinion and ideas in related to the issue.
Pls, react on this, and these are open for any one who is willing to share own ideas
Where we find true happiness?
Does it from holiday? Does it from receiving gift, May be having a lot of money or may be . . . .
Yes, there will be a lot of sources for happiness; it depends on our background or on our current situation. The happiness from Yemene Birhan teachers come from their service provided to helpless students.
Today, Wednesday 6 January, 2016. I invited by Yenema Birhan school charity club to attend the thank you and holiday gift ceremony to their students. The Holiday gift was 60 shoes for all 60 students those who supported feeding program. They are from grade 1 to grade 10th. . Two teachers from the charity club assigned to buy the shoes and went to “Merkato” (The largest open market in Africa).
They have tired by searching the shoe around Merkato based on their budget. But they couldn’t find. Then, they sat on the door of one shoes shop. They were negotiating better to say begging the shopkeeper to discount some amount of money. But the shopkeeper told them that the price is fixed. One young man was hearing the dialogue between the teachers and the shopkeeper. The teachers told softly to the shopkeeper her contribution that they are not retailer; they are buying to disadvantage students for holiday (for those have not any shoe). But the shopkeeper did not accept teacher’s discount request.
They became hopeless to find good shoes by the budget and discussed what they do. And they decided to back home with fade up feeling.
The story started here
Suddenly, the young man who sat aside at the door the shoe shop and was hearing the dialogue of the teachers called them. Asked them how much they need, the teachers said, it is more than 2000 birr. He asked again how many shoes they want; they said 60 shoes for both 42 boys and 28 girls. He told to the shopkeeper to provide all 60 shoes to the teachers and paid 7899 Birr for all shoes. It is around 131.65 for each. The teachers surprised and did not believe what is going on. He told them again to wait few minutes and he called someone to bring some amount of Birr. And he gave additional 5000 by saying please prepare holiday lunch. Still they are more surprised and did not control themselves. After a few minutes, they back to control their emotion. They couldn’t find any words to say something. They invited him to come and see the ceremony but he said no. just God be with you. They left the place by thank you him. But the feeling is presented with them until today since last Monday January 4. Because they went with less than 5000 birr but “God” gave 12899 Birr. Where we find the happiness?
Because of ISD –CSSP project they are feeding more than 60 students fully by the income generated from the rent shop. Another 60 students from KG supported from “Ye-enat gada” project, Ye-enat Gada project is headed by the first lady-W/ro Roman Tesfay (Prime minster H/M wife)
During thank you and handed over shoe ceremony, they thanked ISD-CSSP “. . . not only for contribution of the project but the project re-builds the hope of the teachers and saved all this student to attend their school properly . . .....” said the v/director Ato Mulugeta. During the ceremony, the face of all teacher was smiled even the students.
I am surprised about the young man, but more surprised the charity club teachers. They are blessed that is why God compensate their tired through this blessed young man.
Sources- Yemane Birhan Charity club
Functional capacities for coordination and effective scaling up of nutrition in action
The 2015 SUN-Ethiopia Report indicated that it should be a key area to work on attitude and behaviors of multi-stakeholders who engage on the nutrition issue.
Dear all, Greeting from Alex
There are concerns that increasing women’s engagement in agriculture could have a negative effect on nutrition because it limits the time available for nutrition-improving reproductive work. However, very few empirical studies have been able to analyse whether these concerns are well-founded. .
How does women’s time in reproductive work and agriculture affect maternal and child nutrition?
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