The Reading / Listening - Abiy Ahmed - Level 5

Ethiopia's leader Abiy Ahmed has won the Nobel Peace Prize. The 43-year-old won the prestigious prize because of "his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, and in particular, for his decisive initiative to resolve the border conflict with neighboring Eritrea". Mr Ahmed became Ethiopian Prime Minister in April 2018. He repaired relations with Eritrea and played a key role in mediating in the crisis between Sudan and South Sudan. The UN said Mr Ahmed is "a wonderful example for others in and beyond Africa looking to overcome resistance from the past and put people first".



Many people see Mr Ahmed as being a transformative leader bringing hope to his region. In June 2018, he implemented the peace treaty signed with Eritrea in 2000. This brought peace between the two countries after two decades of war. Ethiopia and Eritrea are two of the world's poorest countries. They spent hundreds of millions of dollars on their war. The conflict killed tens of thousands of people and put many more into poverty. The UN said Mr Ahmed was a visionary. It added: "His vision helped Ethiopia and Eritrea achieve a historic reconciliation".

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    Abiy Ahmed - Level 4 or  Abiy Ahmed - Level 6

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/nobel-peace-prize-winner-abiy-ahmed-offers-beacon-of-hope-for-africa-11832848
  • https://www.theeastafrican.co.ke/news/africa/Ethiopian-PM-Abiy-Ahmed-wins-Nobel-Peace-Prize/4552902-5307256-view-asAMP-1b5x68/index.html
  • https://news.un.org/en/story/2019/10/1049071


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. his efforts to
  2. resolve the border
  3. played a key
  4. mediating in
  5. Mr Ahmed is a wonderful
  6. others in and
  7. looking to overcome
  8. put people
  1. resistance
  2. the crisis
  3. example
  4. first
  5. conflict
  6. achieve peace
  7. beyond Africa
  8. role

Paragraph 2

  1. a transformative
  2. bringing hope
  3. peace
  4. signed with
  5. They spent
  6. put many more into
  7. His vision
  8. achieve a historic
  1. helped Ethiopia
  2. Eritrea in 2000
  3. reconciliation
  4. leader
  5. poverty
  6. treaty
  7. to his region
  8. hundreds of millions

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Ethiopia's leader Abiy Ahmed has won the Nobel Peace Prize. The 43-year-old won (1) ___________________ because of "his efforts to achieve peace and international cooperation, (2) ___________________, for his decisive initiative to resolve the (3) ___________________ neighboring Eritrea". Mr Ahmed became Ethiopian Prime Minister in April 2018. He repaired relations with Eritrea and played (4) ___________________ in mediating in the crisis between Sudan and South Sudan. The UN said Mr Ahmed is "a wonderful example for others (5) ___________________ Africa looking to overcome resistance from the (6) ___________________ people first".

Many people see Mr Ahmed as being (7) ___________________ bringing hope to his region. In June 2018, he implemented (8) __________________ signed with Eritrea in 2000. This brought peace between the two countries after two (9) ___________________. Ethiopia and Eritrea are two of the world's poorest countries. They spent (10) ___________________ of dollars on their war. The conflict killed tens of thousands of people and put many (11) ___________________. The UN said Mr Ahmed was a visionary. It added: "His vision helped Ethiopia and Eritrea (12) ___________________ reconciliation".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Ethiopia'sleaderAbiyAhmedhaswontheNobelPeacePrize.The43-y
ear-oldwontheprestigiousprizebecauseof"hiseffortstoachievepeac
eandinternationalcooperation,andinparticular,forhisdecisiveinitiati
vetoresolvetheborderconflictwithneighboringEritrea".MrAhmedbec
ameEthiopianPrimeMinisterinApril2018.HerepairedrelationswithEri
treaandplayedakeyroleinmediatinginthecrisisbetweenSudanandSo
uthSudan.TheUNsaidMrAhmedis"awonderfulexampleforothersinan
dbeyondAfricalookingtoovercomeresistancefromthepastandputpeo
plefirst".ManypeopleseeMrAhmedasbeingatransformativeleaderbri
nginghopetohisregion.InJune2018,heimplementedthepeacetreatys
ignedwithEritreain2000.Thisbroughtpeacebetweenthetwocountries
aftertwodecadesofwar.EthiopiaandEritreaaretwooftheworld'spoore
stcountries.Theyspenthundredsofmillionsofdollarsontheirwar.Thec
onflictkilledtensofthousandsofpeopleandputmanymoreintopoverty.
TheUNsaidMrAhmedwasavisionary.Itadded:"HisvisionhelpedEthiop
iaandEritreaachieveahistoricreconciliation".

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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Free writing

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