I thought hard and long on what the title should be to the things I am about to tell you in my article. You probably might be thinking how possibly a shower could ever be holy, or consecrated, as a matter of fact.
Located on the Horn of Africa, Eritrea has a long coastline on the Red Sea. The country has varied topography, rainfall, and climate, with altitude ranging from 60 to more than 3,000 meters above sea level. Eritrea has a mostly arid climate with about 70% of its land area classified as a hot and arid and receiving average annual rainfall in a of less than 350mm. Ambient average temperatures vary considerably, with the eastern lowlands having an annual of 31°C with maximum of 48°C, in the highlands annual average amount for 21°C with a maximum of 25°C, in the western lowlands it is 29°C with 36°C maximum. Taking into consideration climate, soil types and other parameters, Eritrea is divided into six agro-ecological zones. Agriculture is still an important sector for Eritrea, employing about half of the population and producing about 20 percent of GDP.
October 16 marks World Food Day (WFD), a day observed annually around the world. Established in 1979 through the Food and Agricultural Organization’s (FAO) 20th General Conference, WFD celebrates the founding of FAO (in 1945), while also aiming to raise awareness of the underlying issues related to poverty and hunger, promote food security and sustainable agricultural practices, provide a common focus, and mobilize a call for action. WFD is particularly important since although every human being has a fundamental right to be free from hunger and the right to adequate food, hundreds of millions of people worldwide live with chronic hunger.
Partnership in education, particularly within higher education, is one of the key features towards sustainable development. In recent years, bilateral relation focused upon and funding in terms of education and training has risen in Eritrea. The Finland- Eritrea partnership is one of the many example of educational collaboration witnessed in the country. Many teachers from a number of countries, including Sudan, India, Japan, Kenya, and Turkey, and specializing in medicine, the social sciences, and other disciplines are scattered throughout Eritrea’s educational institutions.
Earlier this week, on 5 October, many countries and organizations around the world observed World Teacher’s Day. Proclaimed by UNESCO in 1994, World Teacher’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate the teaching profession, highlight the vital, yet often unseen, contributions made by teachers, promote awareness and understanding about the various challenges and issues related to teaching, and encourage the appreciation and respect of teachers. The initiative for World Teacher’s Day dates back to 5 October 1966, when UNESCO and the ILO adopted a special recommendation on the Status of Teachers. Importantly, the recommendation established international standards and guidelines related to skills development, employment, and working conditions. Furthermore, the recommendation was an important milestone since it represented the first time teachers’ rights and responsibilities were globally defined and asserted.
During one of his debates with Socrates, Thrasymachus alleges that “justice is nothing else than the interest of the stronger.” For Eritreans (as well as many other regional observers), a clear reflection of this point are the ongoing sanctions imposed against the country. Not only do the sanctions lack basis and remain counterproductive, they reveal a long-existent and glaring double standard.
Eritrea has come full circle, and the events during the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHCR) brought a lot of issues to a head. As I watched the proceedings, it dawned on me that words like “impartiality”, “politically motivated” & “bias” were meaningless, as each game (against the member state) had its own rules.