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Shamot Academy Award: a night the Old Guard passed the torch to the New Guard of Eritrea Entertainment Industry

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Shamot Academy Award: a night the Old Guard passed the torch to the New Guard of Eritrea Entertainment Industry

Written by Natnael Yebio W

http://www.shabait.com/about-eritrea/ar ... t-industry

About Eritrea - Art & Sport



In its second annual award show, it is clear to see why it is already one of the most fun-filled nights of the showbiz calendar, with stars from music and film coming together.

In Eritrea, there is a tree, a tree that is green throughout the year and continues to yield fruits nonstop. That particular tree is called Shamot. Similarly, the artist is throughout the year and his/ her life always green and never stops producing works of art to be consumed by the general public. While the tree is a God’s creation, art is solely created by artists. I have always said that Artists, after God, are the only real creators in the physical world.

The Shamot Academy Award, organized by the PFDJ Cultural Affairs branch, now into its second edition, is Eritrea’s equivalent of the Oscars, VMA’s and the people’s choice awards. In fact, it encompasses all these three into one award show in our very own Eritrean way.

As I attended the star-studded show, I was in the midst of great company that was certainly dressed to impress. I was privileged and proud to witness, as I would like to call them, the old and new guards of Eritrean Entertainment Industry that came together to celebrate the vast and rich motion picture productions of the year.

Earlier this week, the event began with the Shamot Film week under the beautiful roof of Cinema Asmara. Thirty one short films were on display, through out the duration of the week. The film week, was attended by 2000 people.



The event gave the audience a chance to select their choice for Best short film, Best Actor and Best actress. The audience’s choice, was about the people. The artist, at the end of the day, makes his art for the people. In a way this enabled the attendees of the film week to be part of the award process, which was great to see.

The weeklong event then culminated, in an award giving ceremony held two days ago. The show began with a moment of silence in remembrance of our martyrs, followed by a short comedy skit. A total of 131 music clips, entered the competition. Clips, made in the Eritrean languages -- Tigre, Bidawet, Bilen, Kunama, Nara, Saho and Afar -- made this year’s awards inclusive. The Short film category included a total of 41 nominated pictures, which also included three short films made abroad. The production of Eritrean feature films have been declining over the last five years, but through the efforts and urgent calls made by the award committee a total of 19 new feature films made their appearance in this year’s award event. This is seen, as a step in the right direction for the industry.

On the night, "Qerana" won awards for best short film and best script, while the award for best feature film went to "Zeysiger dob". In the other categories, "Dagm" won for best editing and "Seb Chekinu" for best Cinematography respectively in the short film category.

The highly anticipated award for best song went to Merhawi Tewolde, for "Me’as Hamike". On the other hand, "Hello" won best cinematography, Yonatan Dula’s "Rekibe" won for best editing and Yonas Mihreteab (Minus) took best director for his efforts in "Goney_, while award for best picture for a clip went to "Zeymalsey".

The audience’s choice of best short film, contrary to the mainstream award, went to "Xor Hasabat" and main leads in the film Aman Hamid (Badsha) and LulBahri respectively won the audience choice of best actor and actress.

Lulbahri, 12 years old, has become the youngest actress to win the award. Aman Hamid (Badsha) described the young actress, as dynamic. At such a young age she has already proven to be, just as her mother, a fan’s favorite and it is a well deserved honor too.

The other side of the event was performance on the stage, from the renowned band "Boba" and short comedy skits by up and coming young actress and winner of the audiences’ best actress award Lulbahri. But what gripped the audience on the night, was a duet by vocalists Elham and Barnobas. Singing "Nibat Fikri", roughly translated as Tears of Love, was a performance worthy of the night and the cinema itself. The Stage they occupied, was once an Opera house in its heyday. Elham’s and Barnobas’s voices reverberated across the theatre, the audience clearly moved by the performance. The event, was an all-round success.



Awards shows signify that a movie, TV show or music clip is worthy our attention. More importantly, it forces producers in these mediums to actually make content that would get attention. For all forms of media, awards serve an important role, both in discovery for watchers, listeners, and readers, and to push creators to create and finance more prestigious content. This helps to promote, a better quality of media. Though still in its infancy, Shamot Academy Award is heading in the right direction; awards give recognition to artists and shed the much needed light on their work.

Most of the nominees and winners on the night were from the new generation, led by legends who paved the way for Eritrean Arts industry to flourish throughout Eritrea’s history. In a way, the event on Thursday solidified the bond between the old guard and the new guard.

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Eritrean colleges strive to meet the demands of national appetite

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Written by Simon Weldemichael

http://shabait.com/categoryblog/29711-e ... -appetite-



Today, more than ever before in human history, the wealth and poverty of countries depend on the expansion and quality of higher education. In fact, according to Richard Wolff, a respected scholar and economist,
the single most important factor shaping the future of any economy in the world is the quality and the quantity of the educated, trained labor force it produces.
The knowledge, skills, and inventiveness of people are increasingly critical to the socio-economic growth and development of a nation. High quality human capital is developed within high quality education systems, and tertiary education provides the requisite advanced skills. Most developed countries have seen a substantial rise in the proportion of their young people receiving higher education.

Although many capable young boys and girls are receiving free educational opportunities, Eritrea is far from realizing its vision. According to the “State of Education in Africa Report” of 2015, only about 6 percent of the young people in Sub-Saharan Africa are enrolled in higher education institutions (compared to a global average of 26 percent). Higher education in Eritrea is becoming increasingly necessary and perceived as mandatory, with institutions seeking to translate the dreams of the country into reality. To this end, in 2004 and 2005 the Government of the State of Eritrea made a decision to expand tertiary education and established seven colleges in different locations of the country. The institutions are now striving to produce men and women capable of making contributions for national reconstruction and social justice and be confident players in the globalized world. Currently, Eritrea is reaping substantial socio-economic benefits from increased investment in improved and expanded higher education.

Higher education improves individual lives and enriches the society. It raises wages and productivity, which makes both individuals and countries richer. Developing countries are currently under great pressure to meet increased demand for higher education. An important element in the public interest in higher education is its role in creating a meritocratic society that is able to secure the best leaders and civil servants such as doctors, teachers, lawyers, engineers, businessmen, and civil servants.

Higher education holds the potential to be an agent of equalization through its capacity to empower marginalized or disadvantaged groups. For example, women almost everywhere find it difficult to compete in the labor market. They have usually received inadequate primary and secondary schooling and have faced obstacles to access higher education. But in the Eritrean colleges, there is a positive gender balance in graduates. This reflects the tremendous effort made by Eritrea – individuals, families, communities, and the state – toward improving higher education and gender parity.

Beyond their attainment of individual progress, women’s participation in tertiary education has also proven to be an effective catalyst for social development and economic growth. The Millennium Development Goals, signed in September 2000, sought
to create an environment which is conducive to development and the elimination of poverty.
Goal three of the MDGs states,
Eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education preferably by 2005 and to all levels of education no later than 2015.
Eritrea has worked hard towards the elimination of gender disparity in all areas including education. Sustainable socio-economic development cannot be realized without the full participation of women, which comprise half of the population. The policy direction of Eritrea on higher education is also anchored on expansion and sustainability. The strategic principles which define the core policies of higher education include relevance, access and equity, quality, sustainability and research and development (NBHE 2013).

Globally, but especially in developing countries, many high achieving and talented students face difficulties in gaining access to higher education because the costs of education exceed their limits. In Eritrea, education is regarded as a basic human right of all citizens; education is free from primary to tertiary levels (including post-graduate studies). Eritrean students and their families have no fears of the many challenging questions about higher education related to its cost. Eritrea, well aware of the importance of education to nation building, has made considerable investment in higher education. By making education free for all, the expensive college education has become accessible to students from low-income families. With college cost being one of the most recognized barriers to access to college and success elsewhere in the world, it is encouraging that Eritrea - a young, developing country - provides free education to its citizens. In Eritrea, a graduate leaves schools free of any debt and imbued with a sense of commitment and service to the society.

The phrase “education for all” represents the world’s commitment to provide education to all who are qualified. The global commitment to the provision of education to all has a long history. The first such commitment was perhaps begun in 1948, when the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was established. In that declaration, education was recognized as a fundamental human right for the multifaceted development of individuals and society. In particular, it was declared that elementary education should be free and compulsory and that higher levels of education should be accessible to all on the basis of merit (Article 26). In 2000, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Millennium Development Goals. The MDGs are
a set of time-bound and measurable goals and targets designed to decrease poverty, hunger, disease, illiteracy, environmental devastation and discrimination against women.
All governments agreed to ensure achievement of the MDGs by 2015. Thanks to the commitment of the Government of State of Eritrea, the goals related to education, health and others were successfully achieved and the country was positively described as having
achieved the most from the least.
Higher education is a critical focal point in the socio-economic and political development of any nation. Education is also an important tool for the formation of citizenship. Education helps to inculcate civic responsibility to the entire people, especially the youth. In short, education is one of the best vehicles to promote sustainable development, and investing in education has both private and social rates of return.

In Eritrea, the mandate of the colleges includes teaching, development and research. Generally, Eritrean colleges strive hard to be centers of innovation and knowledge incubation needed by the country and aim to provide research to solve societal problems. Every summer, our colleges pour talented and qualified graduates into the labor force to bring about a positive difference.

Eritrea’s institutions of higher education, despite all of their limitations, aim to produce responsible, adaptable, creative and productive citizens that unlock the door of modernization and sustainable development. Higher education is believed to be the best remedy for societal transformation and national reconstruction. Our colleges are the trusted institutions that rinse the society from the filth of ignorance and make visible the bright, harmonious future of Eritrea.

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Post by Zmeselo » 02 Dec 2019, 09:11

This Day in Eritrea's History.

On Dec. 2, 1950 the UNGA adopted Resolution 390 (V) A by a vote of 46 to 10, with 4 abstentions calling for the federation of #Eritrea with Ethiopia.



Under the Resolution 390 (V), the UNGA made Eritrea an autonomous unit federated with Ethiopia. Lebanon's Delegation, requested the word "unit" to be replaced by "state". Ethiopia, strongly rejected the request.



Mr. Ichaso a Cuban Delegate said;
We cannot conceive of federation between an independent State and a non independent State. We understand by an agreement of federation an instrument in which each party is fully conscious of its feelings, its ideas and its convictions.

We are ardent defenders of the principle of the self-determination of peoples..We also consider that the United Nations should assist all colonial territories to obtain their independence sooner or later, as circumstances may require.
The draft resolution which provides for federation, closes all roads to Eritrean independence..
I feel that to give independence to Libya & Somaliland & not to give the same treatment to Eritrea, constitutes an act of discrimination.
Cuban Delegation
The future of Eritrea & its people is based on the view, that all peoples have a right to freedom & independence. To deprive the people of Eritrea of that right, is not only a flagrant violation of the Charter but discrimination against a country struggling for its freedom.
Czechoslovakia
Based on our visit to Eritrea as part of UN Commission for Eritrea, we concluded that Eritrea is capable of becoming an independent State within a given time. Accordingly, Eritrea should become independent at the end of a ten- year period of trusteeship.
Guatemala

Resolution 390 (V) was a new type of decision for the UN
For the first time, the UNGA appointed a Commissioner who was responsible for ensuring that the resolution was carried out without the assistance of a council composed of Member States.

It was for the first time, too, the UNGA drew up the statute for a federation and laid down the principles on which the Constitution of one of the members of that federation should rest.
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NUEW, One of the world’s greatest accounts of women emancipation

Written by Billion Temesghen

http://shabait.com/articles/q-a-a/29708 ... ancipation

Articles - Q & A


…The Front was not looking only for fighters but for a social revolution and that would be impossible without the awareness and participation of a varied nature, from every Eritrean girl and woman. And that is how it all started.
Minister Luul shares the superb journey of Eritrean women; day one up to now.

Q&A celebrates the fortieth anniversary of the National Union of Eritrean Women by presenting you a compiled version of Minister of Labor and Social Welfare Mrs. Luul Gebreab’s interview on the occasion. Since the earliest phase of her service to the country as a freedom fighter, Minister Luul has been an advocate for women emancipation. She was the first President of the union in 1979. We present to you today the mother of three and a passionate advocate of women’s rights, one of the first big actors in the history of women emancipation in Eritrea.

-Thank you for your time, Minister. We are so curious to know you, outside the office.

Pleasure! I was born and raised in Asmara. I did my studies here in Asmara, as well. Because of the situation back then, I left home when I was in 11th grade and lined up next to the thousands of young men and women of my age to fight and die for freedom. I went to the field in 1975. I cameback alive from the war and so after Independence I continued my postgraduate studies, in Equity Studies. I am a mother of three. I got married in the field, during the armed struggle. By the way, I am now a grandmother!

-Should we take you back in time and remind you of your first days in the struggle?

Gladly. Before I went to the field, I had already started clandestine activities in the city. And that year was really helpful to what I went on to become, a female freedom fighter. I was trained by women freedom fighters to be a soldier and that was so inspiring.

-Now let’s talk about how you got into women’s rights activism. You were there when the union was first formed in 1979, and as a president, at that.

Soon after my military training, I was appointed to the Front’s Public Unit in Sahel and Afaabet. I started working with units that were spreading awareness about the front in all of its aspects, including its humane features and aspirations since I was very young. Back then, it was really difficult for women to step out of their house and join our campaigns. So we had to go to their houses, wait for their husbands to leave home and raise their awareness. Bit by bit, women started being interested in us and that was so encouraging. They started to ask about their wishes, rights and aspirations.

-That is so beautiful…

Indeed. And so we worked to pass on the message of how the Front was not looking only for fighters but for a social revolution and how that would be impossible without the awareness and participation of a varied nature, of every Eritrean girl and woman. And that is how, it all started. I learned more as I worked side by side with my comrades and many Eritrean girls, wives and mothers. It was a joint venture, to pull women out of their houses’ door steps. Every little step meant a bigger vision, for women's emancipation. The aim was, to make Eritrean women part of what was evolving to be one of the greatest parts of our history. Making women understand about their education, economic role and social justice gave birth to the Union. And, of course, ensuring the liberation of our country and women’s role in it also was one item in its agenda.

-The union was formed in 1979 but it was planned for a year earlier.

We were at war. A lot of times, the war would get on our way. As you mentioned, the creation of the Union of Eritrean Women was scheduled for 1978 in Keren but was postponed due to the strategic withdrawal that year. But we knew that we would get back and work for it, as fast as possible. So female freedom fighters, like myself, who were previously working in the public units were pulled out of the frontline and put back to place. In a year we reconstructed our forms and set out for the official formation of the Union and had our first convention 1979, in Arag. We had representatives from the frontlines and all units of the front, as well as numerous mothers from liberated cities of Eritrea. We were also joined, by representatives of Eritrean women abroad. All together, we worked on mapping out the Union’s foundation. After that, we voted for administrational commissions for four areas and we also voted for emissaries of the Union for North America, Europe and Eastern Eritrea. The National Union of Eritrean Women was officially formed, and I was elected to serve as the president for the first year. Our first office was located in Sudan, and then moved to Beirut.

-However, it is worth mentioning that in 1975, before the National Union was formed, there did exist the so called ‘General Union of Eritrean Women’.

That was an organizational structure, for higher executives. But, we knew what we wanted from the start. That might have been the beginning but our vision and aim, was different. As I mentioned earlier, our venture for the emancipation of Eritrean women was multifaceted; so we decided to change the order of our structure. We wanted the union to be of the people, so our structure had to start from the people. Every opinion and voice, mattered highly. Which is why, we had the convention and made sure that it represented every Eritrean woman.

-It is interesting how the Union had the power of echoing the voice of liberation on international conventions even before Eritrea was liberated.

That is right. The fact that we were represented by Eritreans all over the world was strategic and purposeful, of course. Women all over the world, were advocating for peace. “We want Peace, but Peace with Justice”. Eritrean women were knocking at the doors of many organizations, calling for justice and peace. We joined international conventions of women in Copenhagen in 1980 and in Nairobi in 1985. I tell you, inside and outside of the country, we were one. We still are. Eritrean women supported us female fighters, in the field. They would raise funds, for things we women needed. At first, they’d get together and make sanitary pads and send them to us. Then they bought machines and so we were able to make our own sanitary pads, in the field. And this is just a mere example of the many more activities Eritrean women in the field, the country and abroad did together.

-What were the challenges you encountered?

Plenty. Our society, just like many other patriarchal societies, had values that revolve around the sovereignty of men. So we had to step into the family system, to bring values of equality. Women would hardly ever get out of their houses, without their husbands or fathers approving. Moreover, we had many harmful practices and that is a struggle Eritrea fought against even after Independence. Countless young female freedom fighters were arrested, tortured, killed and shot at while penetrating towns and cities to work on our missions. Heroines that gave their lives for the bigger purpose of a social revolution where women, their opinion, lives and wishes are put first, always! Then, today and tomorrow.

-And, the legacy still goes on today… I wish we had more pages, to put it all out. Hope to meet you in the future, for more. Happiest fortieth anniversary!

Today, more than 60% of the Union’s members are young Eritrean women. It gives me utmost gratification to know that we joined hands with young girls, strongly thriving today with our daughters. Eritrean women are and always will be, the backbone of the People and Government of Eritrea.

Happy anniversary to us all.

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Eritrean delegation participated in the 40th Meeting of Intergovernmental Committee of COMESA, convened 25-28 Nov2019 in Lusaka, Zambia. With me is: Ms Fetlewerk, 🇪🇷Focal point of Comesa & member of 🇪🇷delegation

Ms Ruta Negash🇪🇷n, CEO, FemCom representing FemCom
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