Ethiopia: The “School of Life”
Ethiopia, home to more than 80 ethnic groups, is facing mounting political and interethnic tensions. Universities, which are designed to bring together youth from Ethiopia’s 10 administrative regions in order to counter tribalism, often end up mirroring — and sometimes amplifying — current disputes.
Rising violence has forced many university students from their campuses—often with urgent, short-notice evacuations. Others sheltered in place for months before being able to flee, with classes suspended, in an environment of rampant insecurity, robberies, and uncertainty.
To continue to bring students together, the Ethiopian Catholic Church has developed programs that gather young adults and try to assist them in coping with the tense situation. One such program, run by the Brothers of St. John, is called “School of Life.” It brings together young adults from diverse backgrounds to spend each weekend in the priory and commit to service, prayer and community life. Recent guided discussions have focused on fraternity and Pope Francis’ latest encyclical on this theme, “Fratelli Tutti.”
With your support, the Church can continue to bring together young people who yearn for a more peaceful future for their country — and give them the tools to make it possible.