President Isaias' Speech On The Occasion Of The Zagre Award Ceremony

The fact that the wealth of a nation or the nation building process is measured not in terms of natural resources but through hard working, productive and skilled human resources is a truth that had been clear even before independence. But the important question here is whether we have realized our aspirations in the past 20 years.
Although we have strived a lot and achieved much, we have yet to realize the kind of educational facilities and system we aspire for. Still, such a happy occasion adds further drive so that we can work towards creating an environment where the education system and the necessary facilities extend over an extensive area.
Ladies and Gentlemen,

Students, Teachers and Parents,

I would first like to congratulate all the students who scored outstanding marks to be part of this ceremony of awarding excellence. I would also particularly like to congratulate the parents and teachers.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Although the double fold rise in the number of outstanding students this year is a gratifying measure of success, it also raises a number of questions.

The fact that the wealth of a nation or the nation building process is measured not in terms of natural resources but through hard working, productive and skilled human resources is a truth that had been clear even before independence. But the important question here is whether we have realized our aspirations in the past 20 years.


Although we have strived a lot and achieved much, we have yet to realize the kind of educational facilities and system we aspire for. Still, such a happy occasion adds further drive so that we can work towards creating an environment where the education system and the necessary facilities extend over an extensive area.

It should be noted here that the progress achieved in previous years has been registered while the country and people faced hostilities from all sides. The continued attempts to obstruct the country’s educational and training programs are aimed at disrupting the nation's wealth of educated youth, assuming one of the most important resolute rebuff fronts. And the progress we have achieved is measured in relation with this fact. This year's outstanding results by our students prove that our human and youth resources will continue to develop irrespective of ill-devised hostilities.

I would like to remind all the outstanding students present here that the recognition they have received is merely the beginning, and to call on them to maintain their efforts and determination in a manner that secures continuity of excellence by promoting skills, knowledge, creativeness and innovation. 
I would like also to call on all teachers and educational institutions to practically asses this achievement so that they can identify the driving forces behind such a success and accordingly work to promote it. But most of all they should all strive to strengthen and develop the educational and training system.

Congratulations once again to all students, teachers and parents!

Victory To The Masses!