The chairman of Ethiopia's Military Administrative Council, Brigadier-General Teferi Bante, recently opened an exhibition depicting the work done during the first phase of the country's National Work Campaign for Development through Co-operation.
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MV Brigadier-General Teferi Bante with military aides walking across exhibition area
CU Teferi receiving scissors and cutting tape to open exhibition
SV Visitors to exhibition
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MCU Teferi being shown photographic exhibits
MV Young children looking on (3 shots)
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The Military administration announced the 18-month plan and sent Zemetchas into the Ethiopian countryside after the overthrow of Emperor Haile Selassie early in 1974, when Ethiopia's university and many schools were closed down.
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Background: The chairman of Ethiopia's Military Administrative Council, Brigadier-General Teferi Bante, recently opened an exhibition depicting the work done during the first phase of the country's National Work Campaign for Development through Co-operation.
SYNOPSIS: Campaign participants, known as Zemetchas, in khaki uniform and caps, sang patriotic songs about the achievements of the plan. The exhibition marks the end of the first phase of the plan, in which 50,000 Zemetchas spread socialist ideas throughout the Ethiopian countryside. General Teferi arrived to open the exhibition, held in Addis Ababa's National Theatre building.
After cutting a ribbon to officially open the exhibition, General Teferi spent two-and-a-half hours touring the various displays and sections. He said later the exhibition was concrete proof that national endeavour had produced positive results.
He said that if what had been accomplished in the past 18 months since his administration took over, had been started 34 years ago, Ethiopia would have been at a very different stage of development by now. Ethiopians had demonstrated that they could help themselves without outside assistance, he added.
The exhibition was visited on the opening day by foreign guests and youth representatives from the Soviet Union, Kenya, Bulgaria, Hungary, the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen, East Germany, Libya and the Afro-Asian People's Solidarity Organisation.
Some of the paintings at the exhibition were the work of famous Ethiopian artist, Gabre Keyrstos Desta. This young Ethiopian looks at one of Gabre's paintings, depicting the Wollo famine.