France Donate Over 900 Children's Books to Abrehot Library

Addis Ababa March 20/2023 (ENA)  The government of France has today donated 932 new children's books to Abrehot Library.

Speaking at the event, Head of Cooperation and Culture of the French Embassy, Sophie Makame, said a year ago, the Cooperation Department of the Embassy of France in Ethiopia  was approached by the management team of Abrehot library , wishing to develop a foreign languages section in the library.

Hence, the embassy of France acquired a set of 932 beautiful books in French language, dedicate to Ethiopian children, to serve as the foundation of a French language corner in Abrehot library, she stated. 


According to her, the newly designed permanent French language corner at Abrehot Library is therefore the place for all French –speaking people in Addis Ababa including Ethiopian children who speak French and children from French speaking countries.

Addis Ababa University managed, Abrehot Library is currently among the biggest libraries in Africa.

Addis Ababa University President, Professor Tassew Woldehanna, said on the occasion that to eradicate poverty education is a key noting that education cannot be expanded without books.  

According to him, everyday over 4,000 people from all walks of life, mostly young people, are using the library.

"We have many diplomats from French speaking African countries as Ethiopia is the head of African Union’, he said, adding putting books at Abrehot means that you can access many readers in the country.

Knowledge is the building block of civilization, he said, hence the books donated to the library will be beneficial.


Ethiopian News Agency