|. . .however; Our programmes undertaken in the economic field for augmenting the material |
welfare of Our subjects, has not made Us forget that, according to the words of the Bible, "man
does not live by bread alone." We believe that the spiritual and moral welfare of Our people is as
important as their material well-being.
Thus, it is that following the liberation of Ethiopia from the yoke of the enemy, we have devoted a
very large part of Our budget and national revenues for the establishment and development of
schools. During this short period of ten years no less than fifteen secondary schools, of which the
last, the General Wingate School, was opened by Ourselves this year, have been established
directly as a result of Our initiative and direction. The number of students enrolled in schools in
Ethiopia has nearly tripled during that same period.
Shortly, the University, the foundation-stone of which we have laid, will be opened under Our
direction. We face with confidence the future of public instruction in Ethiopia.
If we have made so many sacrifices for the education of Our youth, it is because we are convinced
that only through intellectual progress and universal education can Ethiopia come into its own and
make its just contribution to the history of the peoples of the Middle East. We believe that from
truth alone is born liberty and that only an educated people can consider itself as really free and
master of its fate. It is only with an educated people that representative and democratic organs of
government can exercise their influence for national progress. Our Address from the Throne
therefore testifies to the importance which we attach to education and, at the same time, to your
role as representatives, in the development and progress of Our people....
November 3, 1951