Saturday (29 June) was an important day for Chad. For the first batch of graduates?
Saturday (29 June) was an important day for Chad. For the first batch of graduates formally received their diplomas at the three-year-old University of Chad.
Chad's Head of State President N'Garta Tombalbaye himself handed out the diplomas to 31 graduate at a ceremony on the University's campus in N'djamana, the country's capital.
The students had specialised in a range of subjects, including law, economics, management, history, modern literature and english language.
The success rate for this first-year course was put at 66 per cent.
The assembled graduate heard a speech from the Minister of Education and Culture, Mr. Garandi Dikwa. During his long discourse the Minister told them that their graduation marked a beginning, not an end and they should go out into the country and put their training to good use. He told the graduates that the people of Chad were proud of their achievement and added that the country had made enormous sacrifices to build the university. "It has been built by the sweat of the people", he added.
President Tombalbaye's address was more philosophic in tone. He said that western ideas on politics, religion and social affairs are not the same as those of Africa. They cannot be imposed on African societies without creating totalitarian regimes and hypocrisy at government level.