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HIM Selected Speeches1

HIM Selected Speeches1

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Part 1 of Selected Speeches of H.I.M. Haile Selassie I up to page 340.
Part 1 of Selected Speeches of H.I.M. Haile Selassie I up to page 340.

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..... Loyalty inspires understanding, and under-
standing co-operation; these are the clearest evidence
of strength. But the solid basis for all lies in educa-
tion. It is education which allows people to live
together, and makes them avoid the pitfalls of im-
morality, and induces respect for the law. Truly
the attainment of these high aims is based on educa-
tion, the helping of people to live together, to avoid
indulgence, immorality and lawlessness .....

When We founded the Ethiopian National Library Our
wish was that the Library should have many branches in the
provinces and districts. As it is necessary to increase
libraries in order to increase the number of readers, today
We inaugurate this one so that it may be an accommodation
for those advanced in their education and the night school
with it for those who wish to continue further studies.
This Library and Night School is designed to serve
those who fall at the present time outside of the reach of the
National Board of Education which is devoting its efforts in
the education of the youth. We should like to assure them that
using these facilities, with hard work, they can improve

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GENERAL EDUCATION

their education and catch up to a great extent the time lost
by the unavoidable interruption of their education.
With hard work and ambition human beings can achieve
any goal. As it is essential that the youth should begin their
schooling before seven, adults might find it essential to attend
school before they are fifty, and derive benefit from so doing.
The mastery of the art of learning is never denied to those
who will devote themselves to study. You must realize that
one’s education is also for the benefit of one’s country.
It does not lead to the neglect of your country’s custom nor
to the neglect of your faith in God. These can only come
about as a result of an evil manner.
If both youth and adults contemplate seriously their
education and work assiduously they will together be of great
assistance to their country. Therefore, work hard and cons-
tructively. If you spend the time for attendance at night
school in other unworthy places, understand that you are
chasing phantoms and following an illusive dream.
The name of this Institute, “Your Light is Shining
Today”, is inspired by a quotation from St. Luke, Chapter 19,
verses 42 and 45 which speaks about one’s opportunities.
“If thou hadst known even thou, at least in this thy day, the
things which belong to thy peace! But now they are hid from
thine eyes .....”

This name is given to inspire the type of work and the
measure of achievement which should flow therefrom. We
thank the Director and the teachers in anticipation hoping
that they might fulfil Our hopes.

March 30, 1948.

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GENERAL EDUCATION

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