Teachings of H.I.M: His Majesty RasTafari speaks on Why Education | Selected Speeches
His Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I, the head of RasTafari spoke profoundly on Why Education is important for any nation to be truly liberated. Therefore I will be writing one of RasTafari’s speeches on education from the Selected Speeches of HIM.
….”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. Therefore 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.
True Liberation through Education
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….”
- His Imperial Majesty Emperor Haile Selassie I
Nov. 3, 1951.
Evidently, education was therefore one of very much importance to RasTafari. He made it a point of duty to help educate a liberate his people. Like Buju Banton said “Only Rasta can liberate the people.”
Truly RasTafari, The Emperor has come to liberate the people, not only the Ethiopians, but for all who may come. We must follow the teachings of HIM, adhere to righteousness, love one another, have faith, love and hope.
These are the principles of We who are of the faith. To live in love and unity, to follow the commandments of Jah, to educate ourselves. So that we may best serve Jah in His holiness.
Let Jah be praised. We give thanks for the teachings of His Majesty.