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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - October 2, 1970, Lethbridge, Alberta October 1970 TH6 iETHMIDO HMAID Robert Thompson Speaks Here Education To Fit Todays World Crucial Challenge For Canadians ROBERT THOMPSON credibility gap Safety Display This Weekend The second annual safety display sponsored by the Leth bridge and District Safety Council will take place Friday from 69 and Saturday from 15 in the College Purpose of Ihe display is to bring to the attention of the driving public changes in traf fic driving and an opportunity to question experts in the field about driv The RCMP will have a breathalyzer present with Ed Cook to explain how it is and will give demon strations by using charts and Lethbridge city police repre sentative will give a radar unit Syd Hoaly of FRAME STYLES FROM AROUNDTHE WORLD the driver examining division will outline requirements of li in Alberta and driving regulations for both cars and An Alberta Motor Associa tion representative will give in formation on school driver education and safe driv The dual control car and a reaction tester will also be on Current Alberta driving regulations books will be avail able to the TTie eyetesting machine of the driver examining division will also be demonstrated and explained by The John Ambulance Bri gade will be on hand to ex plain principles of first aid and de a member of tlis brigade will provide information on Si John first aid courses and on becoming a member of the Members of the Lethbridge and District Safety Council and chairman Steve Wild will be present at both days to assist with the displays and to answer By JIM WILSON Education Writer Canadians face i crucial challenge to make their edu cation system more relevant to todays both at home and in its interuatonal aid pro federal MP Robert Thompson said here Conservative MP lor Red was featured speaker on the second day of the threeday conference on in ternational teacher education sponsored by the Intelnational Council on Education for in cooperation with the University of Terming himself1 a politi Thompson drew on 14 years of teaching and educational administration with the Ethiopian where for several years he was deputy minister of The failure of much foreign aid in the years since the Sec ond World War to reach its ob jectives is largely ciue to the inability of foreign govern ments to see and to understand the situation the countries real ly Thompson To understand the real needs they must look through the eyes and minds of the people they are hoping to be said the perpetual lack of ability to do this is the inter national credibility He said if he could make a parliamentary regulation of his own it would be that every member of and ev ery senator be required to visit some part of the emerging world at least once every two in order that they could see and experience and under And a worker in a foreign in order to be trusted and to learn the way of life of the should go to then weddings and enjoy pleasure with and go to their fu nerals and share in their sor Education in international t where a politician educator can be of Thompson since finding what a country needs and then in both organizing it and implementing it involves political He described the educational problems and progress of Ethiopia while he was there Ethiopia developed its own culture and education system from about the fifty century on ward without colonial interven tion of any until Mussolini started tn invade from Italy in Mussolini refused to educate any so following the war there was not one high school in the and only one elementary teacher train ing In 1944 Thompson be came a teacher at the countrys first high with 47 stu dents who had received their education to that point in Ethiopia received no foreign so by 1950 almost half of its annual budget was spent on The first program the coun try undertook was development of an extensive elementary school system but it lacked sufficient We kept the teachers just ahead of their Thompson We taught them at in summer questions on the Safety work of the CUNNINGHAM DRUG STORE Is Coming To CENTRE VILLAGE MALL 8 school we didnt worry about but were only con cerned that they were able to lead students clammoring for an And we had re One purely political move he was involved in was convincinf the government and nationa businesses that they must mod ify their 216letter alphabet suf ficiently so it could be used in printing and in steyd of being all This involved overcoming without ill feeling strong re sistance from both the Coptic national church and the gen eral Every country has unique needs and problems and atti which are right for them as Canadian equival ents are for Canadians anc foreign educational aid pro grams must recognize this in stead of trying to use their own local systems in the foreign But there must also be a sub stantial change in attitudes of thte people in the aiddonor Thompson He gave the example of a teacher from a major Canadian city who left his school teach ing position for a period of overseas work and returned to Canada and found his job no longer He was forced to start at the bottom of the salary grid because the school district said he had lost all seniority in his We have a long way to go before we in Canada reach the desired goal of contributing one per cent of our gross national product to international devel opment assistance to the emerging Thomp son We have further to go in our and in what we do or what we present to Canadian youth of today in our to show them how it is in the world around He said We has only seldom jeen invited to speak in high schools or elementary schools even in his Red Deer to explain the situation in devel oping so the students would be able to better under stand their The fear of public opinion or disinterest by teachers in he affairs of their nation or heir world is Thompson Philosophy Meeting lu Watertoii Tlw annual meeting of the Western Canadian Philosophi cal Association will be held 2 to 4 at Waterton in the Koctenai Lodge It is not necessary to be a member of the association to and members invite ev eryone interested to visit any sessions of the The University of Lelhbridgc department of philosophy is sponsoring the whose featured speakers include Wil liam of the Univer sity of Michigan as k e y n o t e speaker I Brian of the Univer sity of speaking on un derstanding colors and sensa tions of the Uni versity of discussing selffulfillment of intention Charles of the University of Alberta and of the University of discussing ex planation and identity William Christcnscn and John King the University of Al berta and Terence Penelhum of the University of Calgary And Kai of hc U of discussing Hie choice between reform and S e s s i o n s conclude Sunday University President Returns U n i v rsity of Lethbridge President Sam Smith re turned to the job Thursday fol lowing a ninemonth sabbatical leave and says he finds the j university in as good health as Im Smith spent the time studying university and other education systems in a number of different while re SAM SMITH hack on the job j cuperating from a serious back Academic VicePrcsident Bill Beckel was acting presi dent during ab 1 must comment on the ex cellent job Beckel did while I was the president In fact the place is in belter shape now than it was when I Smith preparing a re port on his travels and some future plans for the university based on his education studies presentation first to the U of L faculty and administra and then for public re He expressed pleasure at the rapid progress of new campus construction and internal de velopment during Ihe past but said he was some what concerned about the uni versitys bleak financial pic He said his back problems have completely cleared and anticipates no further dif GREAT WEST TIRE 1203 2nd SOUTH At JANZEN and RUDY BOLDT Remind You ONE WEEK ONLY DUN LOP SILENT TRACTION These arc the true low profile Twin white Available in all FROM 15 STUDS 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