Thank a Teacher
Posted on May 09, 2013 by Atti Worku
This week is Teacher Appreciation Week, an opportunity to remember all the teachers who have made us who we are. Teachers who listen to us ramble on about our passions, teachers who make us feel we are good enough, teachers who tell us we’re on the right track rather than telling us we’re wrong, teachers who remember us even after the school day is over. Let us remember and thank the teachers who were there at the finish line cheering us on, or more importantly, who were at the starting line pushing us forward.
Leading through Education: A Profile of Geoffrey Canada
Posted on February 28, 2013 by Atti Worku
On this last day of Black History Month, we would like to honor an education pioneer who is not a historical figure but someone who is impacting lives today.
Siena and Maggie Visit the Take Root Center
Posted on January 30, 2013 by Atti Worku
Monitoring program progress and collaborating on program changes is an important process for Seeds of Africa, as it ensures that the students and parents are getting the most out of the programming. Therefore, Siena, the Director of Education, and Maggie, the Director of Community Development, travel to Adama periodically to connect with the students, parents, staff and community and assess program functioning. A few weeks ago, they made one such trip.
Summer Volunteer Opportunities
Posted on January 21, 2013 by Atti Worku
This summer, set out on an adventure.
This summer, expand your circle of friends.
This summer, teach something new (and learn something too).
This summer, immserse yourself in a rich and unique culture.
This summer, do something unforgettable.
Goals for 2013
Posted on January 21, 2013 by Atti Worku
We very much look forward to the potential of 2013. We have many goals to improve and grow our programs.
Here is a short list of our dreams for 2013:
Year 2012 in Review
Posted on January 16, 2013 by Atti Worku
Seeds of Africa started in a backyard, with makeshift desks and a hanging blackboard, surrounded by lush greenery. SOA was the dream of not only one woman and her mother, but it was a dream of an entire community, both local and global. Seeds of Africa itself started as a seed, a curriculum of after-school tutoring workshops. But with each year, SOA is flourishing, growing new branches, expanding educational opportunities to more and more students and their parents.
Melkam Genna! Christmas in Ethiopia
Posted on January 07, 2013 by Atti Worku
Christmas, which is celebrated on January 7th in Ethiopia, is “Ledet” or “Genna” in Amharic, deriving from the word “Gennana” meaning “imminent.”
Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day
Posted on December 26, 2012 by Atti Worku
On December 8, Ethiopians celebrated Nations, Nationalities and Peoples Day, a day to celebrate unity and cultural diversity in Ethiopia. Seven years ago, Ethiopia’s House of Federation established this day to commemorate the adoption of the Constitution of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, which guarantees equality for all Ethiopian languages, religions, beliefs, traditions and cultures without discrimination.
Women are the Glue
Posted on November 07, 2012 by Atti Worku
The majority of students at the Take Root Center come from households headed by single mothers or female guardians. As Seeds of Africa recognizes the dedicated support of these women, it devotes much of its programming to involving and empowering women. “Women are the glue that hold everything together, the family together,” said Atti.
Traditional Coffee Ceremony
Posted on October 08, 2012 by Atti Worku
The coffee ceremony is an important tradition in Ethiopian culture. The ceremony differs according to region in Ethiopia but the common ceremony is popular and a well respected cultural practice. For some communities, it is closely related to spiritual beliefs as well.
Ethiopians practice the coffee ceremony during lunch time and for special occasions. The female members of each family prepare the coffee for the family and neighbors. The coffee ceremony serves to gather people together so they can chat and enjoy each other’s company.