Dear Friend and Family of the Nelson Mandela Institute,
As we collectively let go of the physical presence of Tata Madiba, my mind turns to the extended family and friends of the Nelson Mandela Institute, who work so hard to turn around this system of education.
I am not different from millions whose lives have been fundamentally inspired and changed by his journey. As a youngster who had little understanding of how the world worked, I bumped into the liberation struggle in Southern Africa, and felt myself ever drawn in. A math-and-science girl was drawn into African history. Drawn into the ideas and possibilities of standing up for a world that made more sense. Mandela, Govan Mbeki, Samora Machel, Lillian Ngoyi, Nkrumah, Lumumba, Eduardo Mondlane, Albertina Sisulu, Amina Cachalia, Neville Alexander, Amilcar Cabral, Fanon, Ellen Khuzwayo, Chris Hani. I began to understand that history had not stopped. That we recreate our world (or change it) every day. That the wealthier nations are productive of poverty in other nations. That this could be challenged, turned around.
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