As South Africans we are privileged to have Nelson Mandela’s birthday – 18 July – declared by the United Nations General Assembly as an international day. This year’s Nelson Mandela Day was launched in Soweto today, at the Hector Pieterson Museum.
The day is a memorial day where everyone is encouraged to make a contribution to their own or another less privileged community.
As human resource, education, and training service providers we are all privileged comparative to many, so let’s prepare now for what we can each do on Nelson Mandela Day 18 July 2012. The rewards of volunteering are great. (See the video Cindy loaded on Volunteerism in the Video section.) We should aim to donate at least 67 minutes each in recognition for the 67 years that Nelson Mandela gave of his life.
Schools and places of learning are especially important areas of action. Quoting Nelson Mandela: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. So let’s focus on youth, education, schools, books, libraries, disadvantaged communities, and literacy and numeracy for all.