Friday, March 2, 2018

The Office of Middle East and African Affairs of the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) launched the coffee table book entitled “Filipino Footprints in Africa: The Pioneering Mission of Filipino Teachers in Ethiopia” during a turnover ceremony at the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) on March 2, 2018.

The book was published in celebration of the 40th Anniversary of the Philippines-Ethiopia diplomatic relations. It features a compilation of narratives and photos of some 137 Filipino teachers, including former NTC teacher Inocencio R. de Leon, who were deployed to teach across Ethiopia in 1970 as part of the basic education-related projects in Africa sponsored by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization  (UNESCO). 

The occasion was graced by Asec. Hjayceelyn Quintana (Assistant Secretary for Middle East and African Affairs, DFA), Commissioner Prospero De Vera III (CHED OIC), Commissioner Ronald Adamat (CHED), Atty. Lily Freida Milla (Director III, International Affairs Staff, CHED). Among the attendees were representatives from The National Teachers College, Colegio de San Juan de Letran, Far Eastern University, De Ocampo Memorial College, and Eulogio Amang Rodriguez Institute of Science and Technology.