Title of paper

Bring Back the Ethiopianism Philosophy to Indigenize Ethiopia’s High Quality Education System

Presenter's country

South Africa

Start Date

17-8-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

17-8-2018 9:30 AM

Location

1920 Sangren Hall

Submission type

Keynote

Abstract

In the book on Mashafa Berhan, The Book of Light by E.J. Brill (1973), from Emperor Zar’a Ya’eqob’s (1434-68) time, Ethiopians have been fully acknowledged as follows: “All the peoples of Ethiopia are thirsty for knowledge.” As curiosity, a sense of wonder and scepticism, help one to make new things, try new things, learn, live, push oneself, change oneself, and change one’s world, it is not too late now to learn to be prepared to do the things that have never been done before. This includes going forward promoting the Ethiopianism philosophy after learning what it is, and knowing that when you do it, you are finally doing something relevant and long overdue. It acknowledges Ethiopia as the resource of a rich, spiritual, knowledgeable and struggling heritage that distinguishes her more than any country or civilization in the world. We continue to make mistakes by valuing what should have been avoided. Had Ethiopianism philosophy been acknowledged and applied, Ethiopia would be free from the following weaknesses: a) Relying on sources of information from outside Ethiopia that concentrate to differentiate and divide and rule by devaluing the similarities of the people and by magnifying differences and diversity; b) Worshiping mission churches that have applied weapons to divide the people and denigrate Ethiopia’s own spiritual heritage; c) Copying political rhetoric from outside under the pretence of making changes that have ended up literally creating red and white terror; and d) Neglecting the rich heritage of knowledge that is written in the ancient Ethiopic language Geez by employing a colonialized education system and even stating that Ethiopia needs to be designed and re-shaped with an innovative education system that is enriched with rich indigenous knowledge. These problems will continue unless we re-shape the entire political, economic, social, and educational systems of Ethiopia by bringing back the powerful Ethiopianism philosophy. The Ethiopianism philosophy should be promoted comprehensively in all arenas of social, economic, educational and public life from now on without fail to create an innovative, smart, inclusive, integrated and green Ethiopia at this time of the 4th Industrial Revolution. The keynote will focus entirely on exploring the Ethiopianism philosophy and finding out practical ways of applying it to change the current self-colonizing ethnic divisive politics and foreign driven and directed educational system to re-invent the Ethiopia that has a unique historical memory as the provider of the spiritual strength for all the oppressed people of the world. Ethiopia must return to its originality as the creator of much unique knowledge in the universe.

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Bring Back the Ethiopianism Philosophy to Indigenize Ethiopia’s High Quality Education System

1920 Sangren Hall

In the book on Mashafa Berhan, The Book of Light by E.J. Brill (1973), from Emperor Zar’a Ya’eqob’s (1434-68) time, Ethiopians have been fully acknowledged as follows: “All the peoples of Ethiopia are thirsty for knowledge.” As curiosity, a sense of wonder and scepticism, help one to make new things, try new things, learn, live, push oneself, change oneself, and change one’s world, it is not too late now to learn to be prepared to do the things that have never been done before. This includes going forward promoting the Ethiopianism philosophy after learning what it is, and knowing that when you do it, you are finally doing something relevant and long overdue. It acknowledges Ethiopia as the resource of a rich, spiritual, knowledgeable and struggling heritage that distinguishes her more than any country or civilization in the world. We continue to make mistakes by valuing what should have been avoided. Had Ethiopianism philosophy been acknowledged and applied, Ethiopia would be free from the following weaknesses: a) Relying on sources of information from outside Ethiopia that concentrate to differentiate and divide and rule by devaluing the similarities of the people and by magnifying differences and diversity; b) Worshiping mission churches that have applied weapons to divide the people and denigrate Ethiopia’s own spiritual heritage; c) Copying political rhetoric from outside under the pretence of making changes that have ended up literally creating red and white terror; and d) Neglecting the rich heritage of knowledge that is written in the ancient Ethiopic language Geez by employing a colonialized education system and even stating that Ethiopia needs to be designed and re-shaped with an innovative education system that is enriched with rich indigenous knowledge. These problems will continue unless we re-shape the entire political, economic, social, and educational systems of Ethiopia by bringing back the powerful Ethiopianism philosophy. The Ethiopianism philosophy should be promoted comprehensively in all arenas of social, economic, educational and public life from now on without fail to create an innovative, smart, inclusive, integrated and green Ethiopia at this time of the 4th Industrial Revolution. The keynote will focus entirely on exploring the Ethiopianism philosophy and finding out practical ways of applying it to change the current self-colonizing ethnic divisive politics and foreign driven and directed educational system to re-invent the Ethiopia that has a unique historical memory as the provider of the spiritual strength for all the oppressed people of the world. Ethiopia must return to its originality as the creator of much unique knowledge in the universe.