A Tribute to the Education Legacy of Mandela - Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development


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  1. A year-end message from the NMI

    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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  2. Commemorating Madiba’s Public Legacy in Education

    Grade-7-Learner-Mqanduli-Village

    Olwethu Nkconkco, a learner in Qunu.

    On the same day that the nation and the world were celebrating the life of Madiba in Soweto on Tuesday, principals, teachers, parents and learners from the extended community of his hometown Qunu, gathered at the village to pay tribute to Mandela and make a fresh commitment to carry forward his vision for education.

    With a deep sense of Madiba as a son of their most local soil, they sang songs, danced and spoke intimately about how his life and example had changed the lives of their communities. The event was hosted by the Nelson Mandela Institute for Education and Rural Development. The Nelson Mandela Institute (NMI) was founded by Mandela in 2007.

    “As Madiba’s public run for education came to its end, he handed off a burning baton to the public to take forward his unfinished work ‐ creating a system of education that serves the best expression of all of our children,” explained Kimberley Porteus, Executive Director of NMI.

    A teacher from Darabe Primary School, Ms Lwana, recounted: ”We are a school in the rural area and we never thought that our children would be among those who could write poems and stories. But because of Nelson Mandela we were able to build our communities and we now have a strong focus on our children’s education.”

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  3. A Tribute to the Education Legacy of Mandela

    “There can be no contentment for any of us when there are children, millions of children, who do not receive an education that provides them with dignity and allows them to live their lives to the full.

    “It is not beyond our power to create a world in which all children have access to a good education. Those who do not believe this have small imaginations. ”

    Former President Mandela, Launching the Nelson Mandela Institute, 2007

    We join the nation and the world in celebrating the breath-taking life of Tata Madiba. As we look up at his life, may we be reminded of the best of our collective self, and of the beauty of all of our children.

    The Nelson Mandela Institute was launched by Tata Madiba in 2007 at his alma matre the University of Fort Hare. As his public run for education came to its end, he handed off a burning baton to the public to take forward his unfinished work ‐ creating a system of public education that serves the best expression of all of our children.

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  4. We join the nation, and the people of the world in celebrating the life of Madiba

    modal-bgThere are few people in the history of the world who have united us in
    love, the way Madiba has. Over his life, he has helped humanity to reconnect
    to the power of love. A precious gift.

    The Nelson Mandela Institute – and our extended team of teachers,
    parents and learners – remain committed to his dream of a quality
    education for all children.

    We send our thoughts to his family and closest friends and comrades.

    The Nelson Mandela Institute Team