The Direct Aid Society has signed a memorandum of understanding and a joint cooperation with the University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia to support the educational, research and cultural activities in the department of Arabic Language in the Faculty of Linguistic Studies and Humanities, Journalism and Communication.
Dr. Abdul Rahman Saleh Mahalan, the chairman of the board of directors of Direct Aid Society signed on behalf of the Society and Dr. Tiaa Rjasa, the dean of the Faculty of Linguistic Studies and Humanities, Journalism and Communication on behalf of the University of Addis Ababa.
A celebration has been held at the headquarters of University of Addis Ababa to deliver the agreement attended by the Nasser Shaker, the director of Lakes Sector in the Direct Aid Society and Mahmoud Hussein, director of the office of the Society in Ethiopia, and Dr. Tiaa Rjasa, the dean of the Faculty Linguistic Studies and Humanities, Journalism and Communication, and Mlakena Mengistu, the deputy of the faculty and the students of the Department of Arabic Language in the faculty. The event was well covered by the press and the Ethiopian media.
The agreement stated that the Direct Aid Society supports the research activities and academic programs in the department of Arabic in the Faculty of Language Studies and Humanities and Journalism and Communication at the University of Addis Ababa , where it is expected that the Society will supply the department with its needs of equipment, teaching aids, curriculum development, and financing the expenses of trainers and lecturers who are specialized in Arab Language who are expatriates in the University of Addis Ababa, and support of the translation and publication of the Ethiopian heritage written in Arabic. Based on this agreement, the Society also oversees the seminars, conferences and workshops held by the department and it sponsors cooperation with other universities in relation to the Arabic language programs .
The Direct Aid Society has been working in Ethiopia for more than 15 years where it has achieved a lot of achievements in all fields of relief, development and care for orphans, education, health and others. In the last year, 2013, the Society has opened in the territory of “Jkjka” a complex for primary and intermediate education where 400 students study in. It also has implemented eye camp in which it conducted 362 surgery. It also has dug 45 wells to provide with clean drinking water for many people in remote areas, in addition to many small development projects that will help increase the income of poor families.
It is worth mentioning that the University of Addis Ababa is one of the oldest universities in Africa, where it was founded by emperor Haile Selassie in 1950. Formerly, it was named after his name. Many Ethiopian celebrities graduated from this university such as the former Prime Minister of Ethiopia, “Meles Zenawi”, and Deputy Prime Minister and former Foreign Minister Haile Mariam Ddisalagnh .