An unlikely partnership between Metropolitan State College of Denver and an Ethiopian college packed up 8 tons, or about 450 boxes of books this morning to be shipped to schools in Ethiopia.
The books were collected in a book drive started in March.
The schools signed the partnership agreement in March of 2009. The Ethiopian college, Aksum University, located in the historic city of Aksum, is one of the newest institutions of higher education in Ethiopia with an enrollment of about 4,000 undergraduate students from all over the country. It has plans to expand to an enrollment of 9,000 students.
The partnership will create broadened study abroad and research project opportunities. Using a $300,000 grant from the
Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Metro will offer scholarship opportunities to take 15 students to study at Aksum University for two months in the summer of 2012.
Metro also made a commitment following the partnership, to assist in raising $20,000 to build a school in the rural town of Adwa in Ethiopia.
For more information, to donate, or volunteer in the projects, visit: www.mscd.edu/~aas/about/ethiopia.shtml.
Source: Denver Post