President Mansour’s final speech to be included in school curriculum

Interim President Adly Mansour’s final address to the nation will be included in a textbook the Ministry of Education will introduce to the school curriculum from next academic year, state-owned newspaper Al-Ahram reported.

The “Morals and Values” textbook will include an introduction put together by Al-Azhar’s Grand Sheikh Ahmed al-Tayyeb, Pope Tawadros, Minister of Education Mahmoud Abul Nasr and Minister of Endowments Mokhtar Gomaa.

The introduction will be followed by Mansour’s emotional final speech, which he delivered on Wednesday in preparation to hand over power to elected president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. Mansour’s speech was full of nationalistic rhetoric and historic references to Egypt’s former glories.

Mansour got teary-eyed as he urged Egyptians to look after the nation and love one another. He was also emotional when he mentioned Egypt’s military and police martyrs, saying dealing with their deaths was one of his most difficult presidential duties.

In the speech, Mansour, who served as acting president from July 4, 2013 to June 4, 2014, sent messages of thanks to Arab monarchies — Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Jordan — for supporting Egypt’s interim authorities since the ouster of elected Islamist President Mohamed Morsi at the hands of Sisi’s Armed Forces on July 3.

At the end of the two-page speech, a statement by Abul Nasr will also be included in the textbook, Al-Ahram said.

The Ministry of Education sent a copy of the book to Mansour, who is scheduled to leave office on Saturday afternoon.

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