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Ethiopian Airlines and Airbus partnered to host a workshop for close to 100 students from 25 public schools located in Addis Ababa.
The workshop was conducted by The Little Engineer, an organization dedicated to instilling an appreciation of science and technology among today’s youth.
The aim of the workshop was to provide young students with hands-on experience in engineering by getting them involved in the building of small and simple robots.
“We need new engineers but there aren’t many of them. This year for example, Airbus wanted to recruit 400 engineers, and that’s just for Airbus. From that fact, we can imagine the magnitude of the need, and why this kind of initiative is very important,” said Hania Tabet, Head of Communications for Airbus.
The two-day workshop took place at the Ethiopian Airlines Aviation Academy in the framework of the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty by the Embassies of the French Republic and the Federal Republic of Germany. Among the school students were pupils selected from the Lycée Gebre Mariam School and the German school.
“As the fastest growing African airline, Ethiopian Airlines attaches great importance to the nurturing of young talents. In line with our ‘Vision 2025’, we aim to train and avail ourselves of enough skilled aviation professionals to satisfy, not just our growing need, but also cater to the demand throughout Africa. We are proud to join efforts with Airbus in bringing “The Little Engineer” to Ethiopia to acquaint and inspire young Ethiopian students to join our technology-driven industry,” stated Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines.
Present at the event was Samuel Assefa, Vice President of the Ethiopian Aviation Academy who stated that, as Ethiopian Airlines is growing, it is also in need of engineers and hopes that this program by Airbus will continue in the future.
“Africa plays an important role in the future of aviation with an estimated demand of 957 new aircraft in the coming 20 years. Ethiopia’s estimated passenger growth for the same period stands at 8.1 per cent,” said Alan Pardoe, Head of Marketing Communications for Airbus.
He also stated that, with its forward-thinking approach, Ethiopian Airlines has a lot to offer to the future of the travel industry and to help in shaping it; Airbus is very excited that Addis Ababa is one of its first destinations to conduct the TLE workshops.
Earlier this month, Airbus had announced a regional partnership with TLE as a result of ongoing efforts to inspire and instill passion for science and technology at an early age. It aims, through this partnership, to engage and inspire 500 young people in Africa and the Middle East in 2013.