Welcome to F.I.E.L.D.- the First Ismaili Electronic Library and Database.

Speech at the Foundation laying ceremony of Abdul Wahed Moledina School 1962-09-30

Go To News Event: 
Event - 1962-09-30
Sunday, 1962, September 30
Aga Khan IV (H.H. Prince Karim)

Never in the history of Mankind has the speed of change been so great. Until some years ago, only the philosophers and astronomers had thought of the other worlds. All our children will have to think of them, for our boys and girls will certainly have the occasion to visit them.

This extraordinary widening of the horizons of mankind is something for which we must prepare our children and if the aim of education is to equip our young generations with the weapons with which to meet the future, then surely your institute is doing the most noble service.

If we devote some time to thinking about the speed of the revolution through which we are passing, it is a salutary thought and a sobering one also to guess at the world into which will be born our grandchildren.

We cannot shirk our responsibilities to them, and if we do decide to devote our thought and energy to preparing them for their future, surely we must begin with religion and education.”

The task which you have taken upon yourselves and which you are enlarging by the very creation of this new building, is one to which I wish to pay public tribute. I admire your courage and purposefulness and you know, that all my thoughts and prayers are with you in your great endeavor.

I will always watch the progress of your institutions and of the pupils graduating from them, with the greatest interest and with the confident knowledge that the right path has been chosen.

Back to top