Her name is Shanet Zer’u. She was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1981. She went to the UK when she was 3 years of age. She got her first degree in Anthropology from the Roehampton University and her Master’s degree from Sussex University.
-Let’s start with your coming here to Eritrea.
I first came here to write my research paper for my Master’s. I went back to UK collecting vast information for my research paper. That was the time I persuaded myself that one day I have to come back to serve my country. And after I graduated I came here to share my knowledge with my fellow compatriots.
-How do you feel for your dream come true?
It is a blessing to see your dream come true. I could not explain in words what I am feeling.
-How did your research paper end up?
My paper received wide acceptance by the university. The university stuff were surprised for preparing my paper in my country.
-Did your initiative and your experience on the ground match?
Sure! I very much like Mai-Nefhi. Later I went to Adi-Keih. I was not expecting to find such quality building there. I was amazed when I find out that the College is located in an area where there is plenty of history.
-What about the stuff and students?
They are all lovely! The stuff encourages you to teach, they acquaint you with the people and the surrounding. The students have strong will to learn and they respect their teachers. Comparing this with other countries it’s amazing.
-How is it in other countries?
For example in London the relationship between teachers and students is like that of master and slave. They have low respect to each other. And any work would not be successful unless there is cooperation of the stakeholders.
-Could you tell us your educational background?
Initially I was not good in my education. I was shy. The culture there doesn’t encourage you to easily mix with people. After I joined university I stopped being shy. And my school performance became better and better by the day. Anthropology is a discipline that helps you mix with people and talk your mind.
-What exactly is Anthropology?
Anthropology is the study of life and culture of people. It studies on how people live, what they think, how and what they produce, how they come into terms with their surrounding.
-What is you plan during your stay here?
It is first and foremost to share my knowledge to my compatriots. Second I want to visit every part of the country and study about the culture of the people. I want to want to have deep understanding about the ancient and historical places in Eritrea.
-Any thing you want to say?
I want to pass a bit of message to Eritreans in the Diaspora to come to their country and share their experience and knowledge to the youth here. And I want to say to the students here that if one works hard success is inevitable.
I also thank you!