Classes for the political education of a professional elite for Chad were closed by President N'Garta Tombalbaye in N'Djamena on 25th May.
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Background: Classes for the political education of a professional elite for Chad were closed by President N'Garta Tombalbaye in N'Djamena on 25th May. The main aims of the five-week series of lectures, according to the government, was to create a new type of Chadian, to find solutions for Chad's economic political, cultural and social problems, to contribute to the black African civilisation, and to contribute to world civilisation.
Government Ministers and high-ranking civil servants attended the closing ceremony, at which they attempted to draft a socialist policy for Chad, based on the topics that had discussed during the course. The Chad government has close contacts with The People's Republic of China and the Chinese Ambassador was also a guest at the ceremony.
In his speech, President Tombalbaye called for bold reforms and insisted that work must be a duty. He said that some of the students on the course had responded to these ideas, but others had not, and had remained passive.
One of the top teachers, N'Gakoutou N'gon N'Gakoutou, said that socialism did not mean an end of religion. In Chad, there are both Christians and Muslems, and M. N'Gakoutou said that socialism must be adapted to suit the people of Chad.
A member of the Executive Council, Mahamat Djarma also spoke, outlining the principles of Chadian socialism. He said that some of Chad's technocrats had been trained in western techniques and did not understand the problems of Chad. One of the aims of the course was to change this.