Posted by Habte Beyene July29,2015
CCRDA-BMFS-Ambo University Partnership Post Graduate Diploma Program Students
Post Graduate Diploma students in Development Management graduated on July 25, 2015 at a graduation ceremony held at Ambo University. It was in March 2014 that the PG diploma program in Development management was launched by CCRDA in collaboration with Ambo University. The program has been funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation-Secure the Future Program.
One hundred students drawn from member CSOs of CCRDA were registered for the program. Seventy three of them, 53 male and 18 female students, graduated.
Executive Director of CCRDA, Dr Meshesha Shewarega
CCRDA Executive Director, Dr Meshesha Shewarega, and Director of Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation-Secure the Future Program, Phagisile Mtshali, handed over diplomas to the graduates. The Guest of honor, Deputy Chief Administrator of West Shewa Zone, Tadesse Kudema, gave awards to outstanding students.
Dr Meshesha Shewarega awarding a trophy to Ambo University Research Vice President Dr Lakew Wondimu
Speaking on the occasion Research Vice President of Ambo University, Dr Lakew Wondimu, said Ambo University agreed to start the PG diploma program together with CCRDA, the largest NGO network in Ethiopia, for the betterment of the country. He said the program was given at four centers in the country including, Addis Ababa, Bahir Dar, Hawassa, and Dire Dawa. Dr Lakew disclosed on the occasion that the program will continue in the coming academic year as post graduate program in Development Management.
Dr Meshesha on his part called upon the graduates to make a difference in the lives of the people they serve. “Your reward doesn’t come from the salary you get, but rather the real gratification comes from the change you make. We (Ethiopians) are heading forward, you have to be part of this move forward,” the Executive Director said. He commended Phangisile Mtshali for her leadership and Ambo University for its contribution for the successful completion of the PG diploma program. He awarded a trophy to Ambo University.
Director of BMFS-Secure the Future Program, Phangisile Mtshali
Phangisile Mtshali in her speech spoke about the history of BMFS-Secure the Future, how it made an important contribution to address the issue HIV/AIDS in her country, South Africa. “It was a burden not a job,” she said. She called upon the graduates to contribute something important. “Graduates are catalysts in our environment,” Mtshali said.
Deputy Chief Administrator of the West Shewa Zone of Oromia Region, Tadesse Kudema thanked CCRDA and Dr Meshesha for engaging in this endeavor that would contribute for the development of the country.