- 22 August 2007
- Sources: Primary
- Categories: Aga Khan IV ·· Editor's Choice ·· Golden Jubilee Souvenir Book (extracts) ·· Partnerships & Collaboration ·· Pluralism ·· Published ·· Regional Focus ·· Speeches ·· Standards & Metrics ·· Uganda
I believe the people of Uganda can give to the world, in the years ahead, the gift of a vibrant example as a society which has overcome the worst experiences of past intolerance and embraced the abundant promise of a pluralistic but united future.
If one key to unlocking the potential of Uganda, and of all of Africa, is a spirit of pluralism, then another key should be a commitment to excellence. There was a time, earlier in my Imamat, when mediocrity was considered tolerable here because it was “good enough for Africa”. I remember my apprehension at the time, my concern that among all the goals that were set for Africa in those days, the achievement of normal world-class standards was not seen as realistic.
But in the rapidly globalising world of the 21st century, the progress of every country and continent will depend on its ability to meet universal standards. To settle for less is an increasingly dangerous decision. This commitment to achieve global norms, and even to excel, can wisely begin with a nation’s educational institutions and the preparation of our future leaders.