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Prince Selassie appeals for assistance to develop Ethiopia’s education system

Published:Monday | April 25, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Prince Ermias Sahle Selassie, grandson of Emperor Haile Selassie (riight), greeting members of the Rastafarian faith during a visit to Bobo Hill in Bull Bay, St Andrew last week

Praising the strides Jamaica has made in its education system, His Imperial Highness, Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie is appealing for assistance and support from Jamaican educators in the development of the Ethiopian school system.

"This nation has made significant increases through its enrolment, the number of teachers, the level of training of its teachers, and the number of its textbooks. I encourage educators in Jamaica to consider helping Ethiopia as they are doing their level best to improve (their lives). This is already happening ... . The people of Ethiopia will rebuild their lives with friends and people of good will," he stated.

The Prince was addressing members of the public and the Rastafarian community at the Inaugural Haile Selassie I Lecture held at the University of the West Indies (UWI) Regional Headquarters on Mona Road, St Andrew last week.

The event also featured the reading of the UWI citation conferred on His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I with the Doctoral Degree of Laws by the institution in 1966.




The citation was read by co-chair of the Nyahbinghi Administrative Council, Sister Mitzie Williams.

Additionally, a photographic exhibition recounting the Emperor's 1966 State visit to the Caribbean was officially opened by the Prince.

The display, entitled The 50th Anniversary Commemorating Emperor Haile Selassie's 1966 State Visit to Jamaica, is a pictorial and audiovisual representation of the Emperor's visit to the Caribbean islands: Trinidad and Tobago; Barbados; Jamaica and Haiti.

The exhibition was compiled and mounted by Florida-based charity and educational non-profit community outreach organisation, Rootz Foundation Incorporated.

It is currently being housed at the UWI's Regional Headquarters where it will remain until May 19.

The exhibition is open to the public Monday to Friday between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Admission is free.

The Prince's visit commemorates the 50th anniversary of the visit of his grandfather, His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie to the island in 1966.