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Between 19, he served as an instructor in the Royal Canadian Air Force.During his service, he became friends with a chaplain who had known Emperor Haile Selassie while he lived in exile in Great Britain during the 1936 Fascist occupation of Ethiopia.(Photo courtesy of the author) Tadias Magazine Op-Ed By Dr. But I never expected that one of my strongest connections would be a retired Canadian, a former teacher, missionary, and politician. Robert (Bob) Thompson’s name likely recall him as a politician and former leader of the Social Credit.Fikre Germa Updated: December 15th, 2017 Ontario, Canada (TADIAS) — In 1988, I arrived in Vancouver anxious to find a way to continue my medical studies and establish myself as a physician. Few know that between 19 he helped Ethiopia rebuild, or that he later befriended and mentored young Ethiopian immigrants in British Columbia.One of his first assignments was to organize the curriculum and supervise the teachers at Ethiopia’s first high school, the newly opened Haile Selassie Secondary School. Emperor Haile Selassie I, himself the Minister of Education, appointed Thompson first as the Superintendent of Schools of Kaffa Province and later as Deputy Minister of Education.The nation’s public school system needed rebuilding because the occupiers had destroyed educational structures and not allowed many Ethiopian children to go to school.The original page seems to have disappeared but the fonts are available at Typ Oasis. Typefaces from 2017: Alistair (signature font), Lysandra (script), Friday Script (monoline and connected), Friday Sans. Typefaces from 2016: Dorae Script, Agile Script, Happly Script (connected), Quick Script.
This was his belief based on the growing understanding that in many situations the private sector can do things cheaper and more efficiently than a bureaucratic government.
The Arise were semi-Nomadic and fiercely independent; leprosy had brought them much sorrow.
The Ethiopian government agreed to supply the land for this leprosarium and Sudan Interior Mission supplied the staff and supplies.
Thompson’s mandate was to establish schools in the capital city of each of the twelve provinces and in all of the main provincial towns.
Thompson flew to Britain, India, Canada, and the United States, recruiting teachers for Ethiopia. Within five years, the Ethiopian school population grew from zero to almost ten thousand.
He used to say that it is the teachers who loved Ethiopia that were very effective as opposed to those who had a lot of degrees — he was very attentive to culture and human relationship.