On 17 January 2014, the Mandela School of Science & Technology was opened in Mvezo – 2,800 guests attended the ceremony, among them South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. The photo story provides an insight into the various activities at the opening ceremony.
Guests from near and far made their way to this auspicious occasion to be part of the grand opening. The learners proudly welcomed them by singing their new school anthem ‘Sibablwe Thina’ – how blessed we are!
President Jacob Zuma, Chief Mandla Mandela and Siegmar Proebstl, CEO Siemens Southern Africa, officially opened the school by cutting a symbolic ribbon. “With the construction of a school in his birthplace, Siemens is fulfilling a wish of Nelson Mandela,” said Siegmar Proebstl.
The high-level guests made their way through the state-of-the-art school. In the science lab the learners eagerly showed off their newly acquired science skills by conducting experiments which are part of ‘Experimento’, the educational programme developed by Siemens Stiftung (Siemens Foundation).
The Minister of Basic Education, Angie Motshekga, was ecstatic at the opportunity this school would afford the learners of this community. “Schools like this which focus on math and science will help us to make a massive improvement in our education system,” she said.
President Jacob Zuma inspired the children to aim high and rise to the challenge to be the next leaders of the country. “Such a school Madiba did not even dream of”, he praised the project.
After a day of celebration and coming together to honour the opening of the Mandela School of Science & Technology, the guests dispersed warm hearted and inspired by the power of a dream that has become reality.