Eritrea: ‘It’s Not As Easy As It Seems to Study Agriculture!’ Niat Abraham


She is a very smart, astonishing and devoted student. She participates in extracurricular activities, especially in organizations that empower women and fellow students. She just graduated from Hamelmalo College of Agriculture with distinction. She is determined to convey what she learned to farmers in need, beginning with a biological pesticide. Here is her journey.

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My name is Niat Abraham. I grew up in a family where education is considered as essential as food and the other necessities. Both of my parents are educated. My father is well educated and has consistently helped and pushed me to be better. I think that’s one of the reasons that always made me strive to be a front-runner. I was a prize winner throughout my school years, and then I went to Sawa in the 28th round, scored 3.4 in the matriculation exam. I joined the Institute of Technology at Mainefhi and learned my freshman year there. When I was a kid, as all parents do, my parents motivated me to be a doctor or some sort of a health professional. I took this to heart and when I finished the freshman courses I wanted to join departments that specialized in health sciences but couldn’t because I didn’t have the required grades. So, I was assigned to the College of Agriculture, where I studied plant protection for four years.

What was your experience in college like? Was your expectation met?

At first, I did not like the department I was in, but gradually my attitude changed, especially when I realized what I was learning would potentially help farmers to increase their harvest. In general college life was very interesting; I learned to live on my own and was able to develop different hobbies. I engaged in extracurricular activities. I played soccer with the college’s team on intra and inter college competition. I was the secretary for the college’s chapter of the National Union of Eritrean Youth and Students. I was also a member of the National Union of Eritrean Women. The most memorable time for me was our visit to the school for the deaf in Keren; we went there to share experiences.