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The Ethiopia Ministry of Education on Tuesday revealed a plan to support more than 1.36 million Ethiopian students who were affected by recent disputes along the border between Oromia and Ethiopian Somali regional states.

Education Minister Tilaye Gete said on Monday that the support package, which will be implemented with 289 million Ethiopian birr (close to 10 million U.S. dollars), is mainly aimed to provide humanitarian requirements for more than 1.36 million students who are enrolled in 305 schools in the reported area.

According to Gete, the support will be provided to the two regional states administration bodies so as to subsidize the provision of food and other humanitarian support for affected students.

According to the Ethiopia Ministry of Education, close to 100,000 students, out of the total of 1.36 million who are affected by the conflict, are left homeless in the aftermath of the violence that erupted between the two ethnic groups.

Meanwhile, Gete also announced that universities that were affected by violent demonstrations across the east African country in recent weeks are now undertaking the normal teaching-learning process.

The ministry had been recently warning Ethiopian higher education students to refrain from violent demonstrations.

After the death of four students was confirmed as a result of the unrest in three universities, a command post, coordinated by the federal government and regional administrations, was established to secure a peaceful environment in higher educational institutions.

Even though the unrest seems to have significantly eased in recent days, scores of students in various universities have reportedly left their campuses concerning fear of violence. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/



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