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Remembering Nelson Mandela (July 1918 – December 2013)

Nelson Mandela and his wife Graça Machel arrive at the Afrika Cultural Centre to announce a global partnership for children in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. © UNICEF/AFGA000863/Giacomo Pirozzi

Nelson Mandela and his wife Graça Machel arrive at the Afrika Cultural Centre to announce a global partnership for children in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa. © UNICEF/AFGA000863/Giacomo Pirozzi

Nelson Mandela believed education is “the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As we learn the sad news of his death, we remember Mandela’s legacy and profound contribution to education in Africa.

“Today we have all lost a hero, a powerful champion for children,” said Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director. “He started his own children’s fund and fought passionately, with his wife, Graça Machel, and the Global Movement for Children and UNICEF, to put children at the heart of the global development agenda.”

In 2004, the Nelson Mandela Foundation co-founded the Schools for Africa initiative with UNICEF and the Hamburg Society (now the Peter Kramer Foundation). “Madiba touched the lives of millions of children. They are a central part of his legacy,” said Lake. “Our deepest condolences go to his wife Graça Machel, his family and his nation.”

Learn more about Schools for Africa, part of Nelson Mandela’s powerful vision for changing the world.

One Comment

  1. Posted December 7, 2013 at 10:17 am | Permalink

    Nelson Mandela was a true fighter for children. He inspired people to fight for children in need. He was a good man and will never be forgotten. People of the world should follow his kind compassionate and generous ways and adults of all nations should come together and help children in need. To see the beauty of this beautiful world that only people can change for the better of humanity.

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