Every year on 18 July, Nelson Mandela’s birthday, people around the world celebrate the “Nelson Mandela International Day”. The celebration of Mandela Day aims to serve as a global call to action for people to recognise their individual power to make an imprint and help change the world around them for the better. By devoting 67 minutes of their time – one minute for every year of Mandela’s public service – people can make a small gesture of solidarity with humanity and a step towards a global movement for good.
As the Mandela School of Science & Technology is dedicated to Nelson Mandela’s belief that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”, a celebration took place there as well. The Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga, provincial officials and community leaders, together with Siemens executives, contributed 67 minutes of community service at the school. The photo story provides an insight into the various activities.
The Mandela School of Science & Technology is being built in Mvezo, the rural village where Nelson Mandela was born. On 18 July, the whole Mvezo community gathered at the school to celebrate the Mandela Day.
The school will open its doors on 17 January 2014. The construction has made rapid progress and the administration building is already completed. At Mandela Day traditional dancers performed in front of the building.
The sports pavilion is completed as well. On Mandela Day it was inaugurated by Siemens Managing Board Member Prof. Dr. Siegfried Russwurm (right). Now it belongs to the community of Mvezo, represented by Chief Zwelivelile Mandela (left).
As part of their 67 minutes of community service, Prof. Dr. Siegfried Russwurm, Chief Zwelivelile Mandela and representatives from the South African government planted trees at the Mandela School.
The South African Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, also participated at the celebration at the Mandela School. She thanked Siemens for building a school that will “produce many of the country’s future engineers and scientists”.