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‘Let there be light’

Bronze statue inaugurated to the “teachers who change our lives”

The United States announced that it has given about USD 80 million in the last 20 years to the education sector in Ethiopia.
The announcement was made by the United States Ambassador to Ethiopia, Donald E. Booth at the inauguration of the monument at the Mekanisa Roundabout in Nifas Silk Lafto sub-city, Addis Ababa on April 29.
The ambassador also said the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is working with the Ministry of Education to revamp the education sector in Ethiopia.
The monument which depicts a statue of a person reading a book on top of the globe was done with the help of the International Community School (ICS) of Addis Ababa and meant to represent the role of education in Ethiopia and around the world.
ICS Addis was founded in 1964 by the United States Department of State as the “American school” for which it’s known widely up to today, but changed to its current name in 1978 to reflect the international character of its student body.
Currently the school enrolls 740 students from more than 65 countries. The school is a non-profit, independent school that prepares students for universities in many countries. Its land lease was recently renewed by the city administration with some expansion.  
The roundabout monument and its surrounding was funded by the ICS’ “Corporate Social Responsibility” program in addition to its previous years work, where it helped to pave roads and build a bridge in the Old Airport area as well as funding the kebele’s cleanup efforts.
James Laney, head of the International Community School on the occasion said the bronze statue was a testament to Ethiopian ingenuity; designed by a local company, ABBA architects and built by Bekele Molla. 
“The monument which is located at an environmentally sustainable garden is meant to symbolize the idea of celebrating learning,” said James.
The motto of the monument was named “Let there be light” with a small bronze plaque written in both English and Amharic dedicating it to the “teachers who change our lives”. 
The monument and garden inaugurated on April 29th was the fifth of such kind in the Nifas Silk Lafto sub-city area. Other monuments have been erected by the Ethiopian Pharmaceuticals Factory, Menschen für Menschen a non-governmental organization and MIDROC Ethiopia executive office.