Remembering Michael Daniel Ambatchew – March 07, 1967 –
— Today is the birthday of the late Dr. Michael Daniel Ambatchew, an author of children’s books, born on this date on March 7, 1967. Michael authored Sidama Tales and Alemayehu . Michael sadly passed away on September 25, 2012.
Here was his Obitary provided on legacy . com.
Dr. Michael Daniel Ambatchew 1967 – 2012 Dr. Michael Daniel Ambatchew was born to Ato Daniel Ambatchew and Sister Barbra Daniel in 1967, in Moscow, the former Soviet Union. He went to Sandford English Community School and got his primary and secondary education, graduating in 1983. He joined Addis Ababa University in 1984 and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Foreign Languages and Literature in 1987 winning a gold medal from the Institute of Language Studies. In the same year, he also got a diploma from Alliance Francaise for his successful completion of French language studies. While working at Kotebe College of Teacher Education, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, he won a scholarship and went on to earn his Masters in Education In 1992 from Exeter University in the UK. His constant quest for learning, enabled him receive a D.Litt with specialization in English from the University of Pretoria in 2004. 1988 to 1997: Dr. Michael D. Ambatchew lectured at Kotebe College of Teacher Education and contributed over 30 stories to be used in government English textbooks intended for senior high schools. During this time, as a freelancer, he gave service to a number of institutions: Television Presenter for Department of Educational Media Agency; Radio Co-Producer and Presenter of English for First Cycle Primary School In-Service Teacher Trainees; as an English Language Expert, he designed courses, prepared materials and gave training to Save the Children Fund UK, Ethiopian Orthodox Church, Agency for Co-operation and Research in Ethiopia, and Ethiopian International Institute of Peace and Development. 1997 to 1999: he worked for the British Council Ethiopia as an English Language Officer in charge of a Primary Reading Scheme Project and Ethiopian Stories in a Simplified English Project. He also served as a national ELT consultant for Oxford University Press, Link Community Development, and DFID; contributor to Radio English as Access to Learning for the BBC; translation service for Save the Children Norway; translator and assistant to the publishing of a book on Glaucoma for the Ophthalmic Society of Ethiopia; developed a children’s book on disability for Cheshire Home Services. In his community service, as founding member of Writers for Ethiopian Children, he published two anthologies of bilingual stories for middle and late childhood; was a Steering Committee member of Stories Across Africa Project at the University of Cape Town. Pertinent to publications, his commitment to writing enabled him to publish over 30 articles, papers and chapters in books, and over 40 teaching materials and readers. His books were published in Ethiopia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and the United Kingdom. In this respect, he covered the printing expenses of most of his books and freely distributed a sizeable number of books to libraries, which give service to children. Some of his books are still awaiting publication. With regard to awards, in addition to the gold medal he won in 1987 from the Institute of Language Studies, Addis Ababa University, he was the winner of the Il Chiostro DI Toscana Fiction Writers’ Grant from Italy in 1996, and Honorary Colors from the University of Pretoria in 2004. In the same year, he earned a Certificate of Appreciation from the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs and the Save the Children Alliance in Ethiopia on the Day of the African Child for producing literary works. From 2005 until he passed away, he taught the English language at the UN-ECA, and prior to this he gave similar service at the Organization of African Unity (as it was known then.) Spending his entire career teaching the English language and writing children’s books, and leaving behind his numerous literary works, Dr. Michael D. Ambatchew passed away on September 25, 2012 after receiving treatment in hospitals locally and abroad. He is survived by his wife, Ms. Fassikawit Ayalew and his two sons, Beruk, aged 12 and Ezra, 7. We would like to thank all of you, who wished him wellness at the time of his illness and comforted us after his death during our bereavement