Dr. Misgana Mathewos welcomed Church of Sweden team and invited members to visit campus and project sites located in Holeta.
Professor Aklilu Dalelo, Course leader and program coordinator of MADevS (Masters in Development Studies) gave a brief presentation concerning the process and development of the concentration majors. In addition to the historical development of the studies and strategic principles, Professor Aklilu shared briefly how the school aligns the development practices with the courses offered.
Mr. Fitsum Zelalem, Community and Church Leaders Training Officer also presented the visitors with the scaling up process of the program and the strategic focus. He shared how the program started and the achievements of the trainings such as the program being owned by the churches and working in partnership with the zonal leaders who are members of the Evangelical Churches Fellowship of Ethiopia (ECFE).
The visitors were excited by what they witnessed and how God made EGST to have such a great facility from a small beginning. According to a member of the team, “The core values of the school, the mission and vision are of a great source of connection and inspiration for us.”
After visiting campus and watching documentary, the team headed to Holeta where EGST launched a community outreach approach of maternal and child health project. The program is a home based support to mothers and children through a daily house to house visit by experienced and trained women who are called Mentor Mothers.
The team visited different houses in groups with mentor mothers and translators. They appreciated what EGST is doing in the grass roots level, and particularly what mentor mothers are doing. A member of the team expresses, “It takes time to process what I have experienced here. It is just incredible.”