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U.S. Donates Legal Textbooks Worth $120,000 to Law Schools  

Ethiopia News _ Law Schools
USAID/Ethiopia Deputy Mission Director Adam Schmidt hands over legal textbooks to Dersolegne Yeneabat, Executive Director of ELSA, Addis Ababa, February 16, 2023 (Courtesy of U.S. Embassy )

US Embassy Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa, —The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) donated legal textbooks, valued at $120,000 (6.5 million Birr) to the people of Ethiopia.  These textbooks were designed and written by Ethiopian lawyers and legal scholars with technical assistance provided through USAID.  The Ethiopian Law Schools Association (ELSA) will distribute these textbooks to all 40 law schools in Ethiopia to train Ethiopian undergraduate law students. 

The donation of these textbooks was celebrated at an event held at Elilly International Hotel in Addis Ababa, attended by Tesfaye Negewo from the Ministry of Education and Adam Schmidt, USAID/Ethiopia’s Deputy Mission Director.  Student representatives, deans, and faculty from various law schools, along with civil society and judicial institutions attended the ceremony.  

There are 40 universities in Ethiopia with law schools that provide graduate and undergraduate courses, but until now, these law schools lacked a standard set of well-researched, comprehensive, and up-to-date textbooks.  To address this need, USAID’s Feteh (Justice) activity supported the development and publication of textbooks for four core courses for undergraduate law students: Ethiopian Criminal Law (Revised Edition), Ethiopian Constitutional Law (Revised Edition), Ethiopian Tax Law, and Ethiopian Employment Law.  

An estimated 2,000 undergraduate law students, representing the next generation of judges, public prosecutors, lawyers and policy advisors of the country, are expected to benefit each year from these new textbooks.  The electronic versions of these textbooks will be available online through ELSA’s website, so students across Ethiopia will have access to the textbooks wherever they are.  

In 2022 alone, USAID provided more than $1.8 billion dollars in development and humanitarian aid to Ethiopia.  To learn more about the U.S.-Ethiopia partnership, please visit: U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia (usembassy.gov) and follow U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa | Facebook and @USEmbassyAddis on social media.   

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2 COMMENTS

  1. QUOTE:” The electronic versions of these textbooks will be available online through ELSA’s website, so students across Ethiopia will have access to the textbooks wherever they are.” UNQUOTE

    a) GOOD IDEA — only if the advice is seriously heeded — not just a gimmick !!!
    b) It all depends on the attitude of those who are being helped i.e. the entire Ethiopia.  
    c) May Ethiopia insist on going in the right direction.
    d) And may Ethiopia comes back to its rich HISTORY and keep ETHIOPIA sane, safe and productive.
    e) And, far more than equal, may the GOOD LORD gives a hand to these noble aims
    f) Needless to say, the destruction of Ethiopia is in the HAND OF ETHIOPIANS >>> YES, IN THE HANDS OF ETHIOPIANS.
    g) DEAR ETHIOPIANS: GO AHEAD AND DO WHAT EVER YOU WISH TO DO WITH YOUR PRECIOUS ETHIOPIA.
    h) And let HISTORY JUDGE YOU.

    THE END

  2. Good Ole USA once ago at its best. Ask the bully in Moscow to best that! He is busy killing children in Ukraine with his right hand and has his left hand busy tightening the flow of life saving wheat on starving black people.

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