The Mandela School of Science & Technology, which was financed and built by Siemens, has now opened in Nelson Mandela’s birthplace of Mvezo, South Africa. As the region’s first high school, the facility will provide up to 700 children and young people with access to secondary education. The curriculum is focused on technology, the natural sciences, engineering and agriculture.
Guest of honor at the opening ceremony was South African President Jacob Zuma. “I am honored to be part of this opening ceremony of the Mandela School of Science & Technology. It is the first school of its kind in Mvezo, for secondary education and fully-equipped for studies in science and technology. Siemens is giving the learners of Mvezo and this region the opportunity for an education, that Nelson Mandela has dreamt of,” said Zuma.
“With the construction of a school in his birthplace, Siemens is fulfilling a wish Nelson Mandela’s,” said Sigi Proebstl, CEO of Siemens South Africa, at the school’s opening. Nelson Mandela expressed this wish in a conversation with former Siemens President and CEO Peter Loescher in 2010 on the occasion of the celebrations marking Siemens’ 150th anniversary in South Africa. “We’re proud to honor his memory by opening this school.”
The cornerstone for the school was laid in October 2012. Partners in the project are the Mvezo Development Trust, South Africa’s Department of Education and the community of Mvezo. With an investment of over 10 million euros, the Mandela School of Science & Technology is Siemens’ largest sustainability project worldwide. Siemens will also assume the school’s operating and maintenance costs for the first three years.