Inside Education has marked International Nelson Mandela Day, the annual international day in honour of South Africa’s first democratically elected president, by adopting Benoni Junior School (BJS) in Ekurhuleni.
The occasion was marked by serving 800 learners a hearty meal of soup and mini bread rolls, with K&K Media Chairperson Matuma Letsoalo, serving the first meal.
K&K Media owns the Inside Education and Inside Politics brands.
Inside Education also pledged sporting attire for the school’s netball and football teams which will be handed over in the next week.
BJS Principal, Pranisha Mansingh, said the school is thrilled and equally humbled by the gesture, adding that the intervention is “timely and needed.”
“Our school was established the same year Tata Mandela was born, and it is indeed an honour for us to salute this global icon, marked by this important partnership with Inside Education.”
Letsoalo said the decision to adopt the school was motivated by the words of Mandela’s widow, Graca Machel who said that people should approach International Mandela Day not as an event, but a process, a “pledge for the whole year that goes beyond one’s daily activities.”
“This is exactly what we at Inside Education have done by adopting BJS,” Letsoalo said.
Letsoalo added, “We have entered into a partnership with this 100 year old school, and together we will decide what are the differences we can make so that it can become a way of being, and and have maximum impact on the lives of our future leaders.”
And, though these ‘future leaders’ may just be starting out, Nelson Mandela is very much ingrained in their young minds, as borne out by these impressive ‘Madiba Shirt’ designs.
Letsoalo said the decision to adopt BJS was further inspired by Madiba’s love for children.
“Children was very close to Madiba’s heart, and through this small, humble contribution, we are striving to emulate Tata by bringing smiles on the faces of South Africa’s future leaders.”
BJS learners from Room 7 offered a passionate rendition of the national anthem in honour of Madiba.
International Nelson Mandela Day is an annual day in honour of Nelson Mandela, celebrated each year on 18 July, Mandela’s birthday.
The day was officially declared by the United Nations in November 2009, with the first UN Mandela Day held on 18 July 2010