Thursday 18 July saw Steyn City school community coming together to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1964.
In a statement from the dock during his trial, Mandela spoke about his dream of a free and democratic South Africa and finished with this compelling statement: ‘I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all people will live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve. But if needs be, it is an ideal for which I am prepared to die.’
Nelson Mandela spent 27 years in prison for this ideal and, on his release, he said, ‘I place the remaining years of my life in your hands.’
On Mandela Day each year, we honour Mandela’s request that each South African spends 67 minutes in service to others.
As part of Mandela Day this year, they launched the Steyn City School partnership with Lesedi. Lesedi works with children from disadvantaged communities to support their educational growth and development. Steyn City School is going to become a satellite campus for Lesedi from January 2020. Eighty children will come to their school every Saturday morning to benefit from their beautiful classrooms and resources. They are going to ask their teachers, parents and senior students to volunteer on the programme.
The books that have been so generously donated will be used to start the Lesedi Library at Steyn City School. The library will be managed and run by their College students.
In honour of Mandela Day this year, the whole school came together to read for 67 minutes to remind themselves that Mandela fought so that all South African children could go to school and learn to read. The beautiful quiet that stole across our campus for 67 minutes helped us all to understand the legacy of a re- markable South African, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.