|This conception of education is equally important for us in |
Ethiopia, where only education can lead the way to higher
standards of living for all people. It is in expectation of a rich
return that the Ethiopian Government has spent freely to send
you abroad, hoping that upon your return you will make a
generous contribution to the betterment of your country.
...thought which I would like you to keep always before you. In a
world which becomes smaller and smaller as communication
improves, nations must live as neighbours with other nations.
Just as your impressions of an American are formed from the
individual Americans you meet, so a foreigner's ideas about
Ethiopia depend upon the Ethiopians he encounters and knows.
Each of you is an Ambassador-at-large of your country. If you
are kind and tolerant and courteous you make people think well
of us -- if you are arrogant and proud and unfriendly you
discredit us in the eyes of others. It is my earnest hope that you
may be at all times worthy representatives of Ethiopia.