Ethiopia: Urban refugees enjoy break from everyday life
27 November 2009

Refugees play games during an excursion to Debre Zeit, Ethiopia. (Mulugeta W/Eyesus/JRS)
It was a wonderful and memorable programme which offered an enjoyable break from everyday life and an opportunity to know each other better.

Addis Ababa, 27 November 2010 — The JRS Refugee Community Centre (RCC) recently organised an educational trip to Debre Zeit (Bishoftu), around 50 km southeast of Addis Ababa, for over 90 urban refugees of different nationalities.

The trip included a brief workshop on time management which was facilitated by Asteyayet Franso OFM and touched upon various issues, such as the definition of time, methods to manage time well, prioritisation of tasks and how to learn to say “no”, self reward, flexibility, effective organisation and how to avoid procrastination. The workshop took place on a beautiful compound owned by the Salesians of Don Bosco.

At the end of the workshop, RCC Project Director Mr. Mulugeta W/Eyesus congratulated all participants and handed out certificates to all refugees who successfully completed their English, French and computer lessons at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels at the RCC during the last couple of months.

After the lunch break, the participants had time to walk around and relax before visiting the local art gallery, founded by and named after the famous Ethiopian artist Lemma Guya. They even had a chance to meet the 81-year-old artist face to face and listened to him sharing some of his experience and wisdom. The gallery is famous for offering an insight into Ethiopian and African cultures and life styles.

On the way back to Addis, all agreed that it was a wonderful and memorable programme which offered an enjoyable break from everyday life and an opportunity to know each other better.







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