Naw Ruz marks the end of the Fast and the beginning of a new year in the Baha’i calendar. Naw-Ruz is a celebration of a “spiritual springtime” that symbolizes both individual renewal and mankind’s revitalization.
Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.
In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.
In this episode, I’m at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, where I interview Brukty Tigabu, a dear Baha’i friend from Ethiopia, and winner of the Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award. As a school teacher, Brukty was concerned with the lack of early childhood education in Ethiopia, so 15 years ago, her and her husband started ‘Tsehai Loves Learning’, now the most viewed and award-winning children’s TV show in Ethiopia. In this conversation, we talk about how the show first started, what is was like being raised an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian, and how she became a Baha’i. She tells us about Ethiopia, what she’s currently working on, and she shares some of the challenges she’s trying to overcome. I hope you enjoy the conversation!
To find out more about some of the things we covered in this episode, check out the following links:
Brukty mentions she met her husband while he was doing a “year of service” and says they could use more people to come on a “year of service”. You can find out more about this concept here: Youth: Give a Year of Service to Humanity!
Brukty shares a prayer by the Bab in Amharic. Here is the English translation: “Is there any Remover of difficulties save God? Say: Praised be God! He is God! All are His servants, and all abide by His bidding!”
Naysan is passionate about using the arts and media to explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. Back in 2011, Naysan started up the Baha’i Blog project, channeling his experiences in both media and technology companies to help create a hub for Baha’i-inspired content online.
Thank you Naysan for this podcast. I learned a lot from her as a teacher. Davos, Switzerland is a nice place too. Based from Rainn’s description.
Criselda R. Figuerres (February 2, 2020 at 12:35 PM)
You’re most welcome Criselda, and I’m glad you found the interview useful. Thanks for your support and feedback! 🙂
Naysan Naraqi (February 2, 2020 at 7:37 PM)