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Yared Center of Ethiopian Philology and Manuscript Studies held 3rd national conference on Geez and its alphabets in Mekelle University Adi-Haki campus in collaboration with Tigray Culture and Tourism Bureau on May 15, 2017.

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When President of Mekelle University Dr. Kindeya Gebrehiwot, opened the conference officially, he said the scientific outlook which served as a base for our ancient civilization are concealed in Geez books. That is why it is highly recommended to make research and documentation on Geez and philology for social, cultural and academic purpose.

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Meanwhile, the ex- president of Mekelle University, Professor Mitiku Haile, made a keynote speech for the participants. Professor said that we say knowledge is power, and if as such, Geez is also power. And he added in Ethiopia there are around 500,0000 manuscripts in Geez which indicates we Ethiopians have a tremendous knowledge.

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During the discussion of the conference a strong debate was made about whether to subtract Geez alphabets or not among scholars and participants of the conference. Different viewpoints and ideas were forwarded during the discussion of the conference. For this, Dr. Hagos the coordinator of the center said that in the former two National Conferences held in Addis Ababa and Bahirdar, there was a strong debate concerning subtracting Geez alphabets or not. But in this 3rd National Conference, possible to say almost every scholars reaches on agreement not to subtract the Geez alphabets. This is what makes this conference different from the two former National Conferences which was held in Bahirdar and Addis Ababa Universities.

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