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November  22,1999

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Philanthropists Hands Over School He Built With 306,000 Birr

AXUM, Nov. 22 (WIC) A philanthropists and scholar has handed over an elementary school he built for 306-thousand Birr in the central zone of Tigray to the people and district council.

The school was built by Dr. Tsehaye Teferra in his home area in the district of Tahtai Maichew at a place called Denbeza.

The school consists of 6 class-rooms and two staff-rooms and stores.   The head of the districts education section, Ato Kahsai Mezegeb, added that the school has the capacity to accomodate more than 600 students in two shifts.

Ato Kahsai indicated to WIC that the students of the area were learning in Make-shift shelters in the past, but now he said this problem has been alleviated thanks to Dr. Tsehay's kind effort.

The chairman of the Tahtai Maichew District Council Ato Tseaye Assefa praised the scholar's contribution to the national development drive and called on other Ethiopians to emulate him.

The scholar, Dr. Tsehaye, said what prompted him to build the school was the fact that he used to travel long distances to go to school while he was a child.  He thus did not want the children of this generation to face the same problem, he added.

The secretary of the zone council, the representative of the education department of the zone, members of the district Council and the people of the area and religious leaders were present during the handing over ceremony.