Ethiopia’s first lady Roman Tesfaye paid a visit to Nejashi Ethio-Turkish International Schools Alemgena, Sebeta branch on Wednesday June 4.
During her visit she held talks with the students that are attending class there. She told the kids to work hard and not give up when things are hard.
“I had big tasks that were challenging for me too and now I’ve gotten a great privilege,” she said. She responded to questions like those from seventh grade student Sarin Nur who asked her what it was like to be First Lady. She replied that it was an honour to serve the people and that she hopes to do more to help the poor and vulnerable by working to improve health and education.
She compared her experience in Wolaita, where she went to school, to what she saw on her visit and was favourably impressed. She told one student that she learned with 66 peers and sat in the first row when she was younger.
Nejashi Ethio-Turkish International Schools opened its first school in Ethiopia 10 years ago and only had a student body of 13 students in its first year. The school has a tuition fee of 43,000 Birr per year.
Nejashi Ethio-Turkish International Schools that does have six branches in the country, is a private K-12 schools, focused on math, science, foreign languages, literature and art subjects. The schools according to the officials are places where students trust themselves enough to take risks in a safe and supportive environment.