|When We laid the foundation for the progress and development of the country, |
the fact that we granted the Constitution was in order to strengthen unity so
that our country will be built around the idea of one Emperor and one
Government in which everyone will be conscious of his duty based upon the
principle of one for all and all for one. We have chosen education as Our
primary concern because we believe that it is the instrument by which Our
aims could be brought to fruition. ...
Through education one can keep himself healthy; one can acquire the
knowledge of many other things; but without health, education and growth of a
population are unattainable. ...
... We recommend that you work diligently, for treatment and cure alone is not
enough for a country; prevention is also necessary. ...
... Unless the people benefit through work Our efforts and thoughts will have
been in vain. They will have also violated the wish of the Almighty that by
one's toil he must earn his living. Much cannot be accomplished in the pursuit
of spiritual advancement, let alone that of material gains, without labour.
Learn! Work! We have established community education so that both the
youth and the adult may learn. Education and the quest for knowledge stop
only at the grave.....
|Haile Selassie the First - May 18, 1959|