Denver Sister Cities International has been honored for the work of its Axum Committee, which collaborates with Metro State to support a variety of educational projects in the northern Ethiopian city.
Denver Sister Cities won a Sister Cities International 2011 Innovation: Youth & Education Award, which recognizes �the accomplishments of outstanding community and individual sister city programs that promote peace through mutual respect, understanding and cooperation.�
Metro State has several ties to Axum (also spelled Aksum), which is Denver�s ninth sister city.
In 2010, Metro State in partnership with Denver Sister Cities� Axum Committee collected several tons of books for Aksum University and supplies for a school. Metro State in 2011 helped raise money to build the four-room Gessesso School, and Stuart Monroe, a Metro State computer information systems professor, taught at Aksum University and supervised construction of the elementary school.
Metro State�s partnership with Aksum University received a Building Sustainable Study Abroad Capacity grant for $272,425 from the U.S. Department of State. A delegation from the Metro State visited Ethiopia last summer, and Metro State President Stephen Jordan led a second delegation there as part of the Metro State Aksum University partnership.
Fifteen Metro State students, three faculty members and a staff member will spend this summer in Ethiopia, including at the university.
The award to Denver Sister Cities �speaks highly of Metro�s engagement in the community, both locally and internationally,� says Ali Thobhani, executive director of the Metro State Office of International Studies. �It�s been a mutually beneficial relationship.�
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