It’s hard wearing boots man! Sure, there is the confidence boost in front of street crossings turned ponds after a downpour; just rev up your tank of a shoe and cross, while unfortunate members of your species are reduced to skirting around the pond; and around the idea of crossing the pond.

There is also the korokonch and the chiqa

But try running from a coming rain with them boots on. I said just try it! And the boots’ insides are lined with fur to boot; imagine wearing boots in anticipation of rains that never come and your feet getting cooked.

Why the hell did I buy those frigging boots? I mean, I am a grown ass man, dawg! Why am I trying to get my rapper on?

Getting back to the regularly scheduled program…

This year, 300,000 students are set to graduate at different levels from different institutions

Bahir Dar University’s graduation day is tomorrow

the venue

To all the young bloodz -enjoy it while it lasts!

Poor souls!

Then comes the confusion, the despair, the self-doubt, self-hate, self-abuse, self-ass kicking …., all the bad shit –lehulachihum bayhon leabzagnwochachihu

 And if you are among the lucky few, you would join some path which, nine times out of ten, is not the right path for you.

But a path is better than no path at all, right?

Make sure your pictures are taken aplenty; maybe someday, you can do a “before and after”

Don’t listen to me; I am just a pathetic pessimist.

Or am I?

Many people (I cannot remember all their names) agree that the state of the Etyopian educational system is an unmitigated disaster.

A colleague told me this; he says it is a true story. In a small town, the same town of Bekele fame, (this town’s inhabitants, it seems, have got the knack for the weird and the funny) a homeroom teacher, a unit leader and a director visit a house to admonish a certain Ato Ha and Weizero Le about their child not attending class. They berate them for preventing their offspring from coming to school after all the diligence he has shown to reach grade five.

“Why isn’t your kid coming to school? Do you rather your brilliant kid is stuck doing chores when he could become the next Tibebe? (it is still my plan -being the man of the millennium, one helluva a role model)

The poor couple are flustered, befuddled and the whole enchilada of synonyms. They go: “But our son has been dead for the last three years!?!?!?”

Here is what happened: in the self-contained educational system, no student, dead or alive, is supposed to fail grades one through four, hence obviating the need for updating name lists. The kid, in such a manner that puts Dead Souls to shame, in such a way that  gives a whole new dimension to “distance education,” has managed to do 2→3→4→5, only for his absence to be discovered during 5th grade roll call.

The school’s administration still harbors a sneaking suspicion that the parents are deliberately tampering with their kid’s bright future of becoming the next…

I spent some time around a professor who is involved in an effort to revamp the Etyopian educational system. Although I couldn’t attend all of his presentations, from what little I’ve heard, he raises pretty decent points -points that were, in his own words “appeals to your conscience” “…since you guys, by chance or predestination, are at the helm of affairs…”

More about his vision on this site

Do you believe in normal distributions? Are people’s achievements supposed to conform to “some” curve?

…The myth of the bell curve has occupied a central place in the theory of inequality (Walker, 1929; Bradley, 1968). Apologists for inequality in all spheres of social life have used the theory of the bell curve, explicitly and implicitly, in developing moral rationalizations to justify the status quo. While the misuse of the bell curve has perhaps been most frequent in the field of education, it is also common in other areas of social science and social welfare. When Abraham de Moivre made the first recorded discovery of the normal curve of error (to give the bell curve its proper name) in 1733, his immediate concern was with games of chance. The normal distribution, which is nothing more than the limiting case of the binomial distribution resulting from random operations such as flipping coins or rolling dice, was a natural discovery for anyone interested in the mathematics of gambling.

 De Moivre was unhappy, however, with the lowly origins of his discovery, He proceeded to raise its status by attributing to it an importance beyond its literal meaning. In his age, this could best be done by claiming that it was a proof of the existence of God. He announced:

And thus in all cases it will be found, that although Chance produces irregularities, still the Odds will be infinitely great, that in process of Time, those irregularities will bear no proportion to the recurrency of that Order which naturally results from Original Design …. (Walker, 1929:17)…

 Read the whole thing here.

So tomorrow is graduation. I will not be coming to campus (all the girigir !,)  meaning I will probably not be checking on this post. But I am not done here, Insha’Allah I will continue on Sunday. I have got a normal distribution in mind…



I see graduates having their pictures taken next to every conceivable kind of bush…

So now, 2.5 million lives later, South Sudan is a new country. Question is, how are we going to interpret the loss of all that life: a sacrifice made in order to win freedom or a loss that could have been avoided if people were not so fond of acting a fool. I can’t even say who the bigger fool in this case is. Same thing with Etyopia and Ertra,…

Maybe tomorrow, I will finish this thing…

Monday -music

Tuesday -the most anticlimactic verse ever:


1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. getere
    Jul 10, 2011 @ 20:12:47

    ye bahir dar chika ende adisaba chika chikik yale aydelem. but you still need it for the kiremt. or when you next visit tis abay 🙂 besides, try wearing them for a week and then try wearing running shoes. not only your feet, but all your problems feel lighter.

    maybe some of them won’t be confused unlike you some everyone here.

    i scanned through some of the pdfs on that site. this is the first time i’m hearing about community based education. but it sounds good. i’ve always thought university students (at least from my experience at 4 kilo) lack practical skills.

    the normal distribution is a powerful thing. it has been used to model many observations. since when did you develop an interest in mathematical subjects like this anyway? is it the new boots?

    photo infront of the department building. photo infront of the water fountain. photo beside the hawult. i don’t remember taking pictures at all but you know what i wished i took picture of? places we spent most of our times in. B complex, cafe, the park infront of the cafe (what did we call it again?), the library door and all those little things we were tired of. i’ll remember this lesson next time i leave a place.

    i’m happy for south sudan. it looks like almost all of them feel it’s the right thing to do. sometimes i think separation can be good.


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