Nearly 70 former Peace Corps Volunteers and their guests arrived in Addis Ababa this week to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps in Ethiopia. Approximately twenty of these former Volunteers were among the very first group of nearly 300 Peace Corps Volunteers who arrived in Ethiopia during September 1962.
During their visit, the former Volunteers will be meeting with Ethiopian government officials, U.S. Embassy officials, current Peace Corps Volunteers, and their Ethiopian friends, host families and counterparts.
Among their many activities, they will participate in a panel discussion on Peace Corps support of Education in Ethiopia at Kotebe College of Teacher Education with current Volunteers and officials from the U.S. Agency for International Development and Ethiopian Ministry of Education.
In August U.S Ambassador to Ethiopia Donald Booth administered 67 new Peace Corps Volunteers officially to start their service in Ethiopia. The Peace Corps Volunteers will be working to enhance Ethiopian teachers’ proficiency in English language instruction through training at the Colleges of Teacher Education and primary schools.
They will also be addressing one of the Government of Ethiopia’s priority development issues: enhancing proficiency and use of the English language through improved teacher education and training.
Peace Corps/Ethiopia is one of the oldest Peace Corps programs. The first group of Peace Corps Volunteers arrived in Ethiopia in September 1962, with 279 secondary school teachers. Volunteers worked in both secondary and vocational/technical schools, with others working in the health, small business, rural development, law, and agriculture sectors. From 1962 to 1977, Peace Corps/Ethiopia was one of the largest Peace Corps programs in the world. More than 3,000 Volunteers served in the country before Peace Corps terminated the program in 1977 due to the unstable political situation at the time.