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Animation Course Grads Gain Digital Media Skills from American Corner Training

Public Affairs Counselor, Naomi Fellows delivered remarks at the Colonel John C. Robinson American Corner at St. Mary’s University, February 3, 2024 (courtesy of US Embassy in Addis Ababa)

U.S. Embassy Addis Ababa

Addis Ababa— With high youth unemployment a persistent challenge across the country, creating opportunities to promote economic growth and build the 21st century skills of Ethiopian young professionals is a shared priority of the Government of Ethiopia and the U.S. Embassy.  Digital media and animation are high demand fields in which there are few domestic training opportunities.  To address the skills gap in digital media creation, the U.S. Embassypartnered with the Ethiopian World Federation (EWF), and St. Mary’s University (SMU) to offer a 16-week training on digital animation for 70 young professionals. 

Starting in October 2023, the 70 aspiring animators met weekly with a professional animator at the Colonel John C. Robinson American Corner at St. Mary’s University. The trainees were selected by an open application and review process.  The EWF offered the professional animator from England to teach the classes.  Embassy supplied the computers and software, while SMU provided the classroom and the networking equipment. 

The course was designed to prepare students for the booming creative arts industry in Ethiopia. Students may apply for jobs at local professional media studios or offer their new skills on a freelance basis.  Throughout the course, professional animators inspired the students both virtually and in-person.  The course also provided business training and pitch sessions taught by experienced entrepreneurs.  

For 120 years, the United States and Ethiopia have partnered in health and education, agriculture and food security, science and the environment, and many other areas to improve the lives of all Ethiopians. 

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