Science and technology school for Mandela’s birthplace

By Drum Digital
05 November 2013

A new high school is nearing completion in the remote rural village of Mvezo, the birthplace of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

Learners from Mvezo and surrounding areas will no longer need to leave home or travel long distances to receive a high school education.

Despite challenges in delivering building materials to the site because of a lack of infrastructure in the area, made worse during the rainy seasons, the school took just over one year to build. The vast range of construction supplies included around 1,2 million bricks and 18 000 bags of cement.

The Mandela School of Science & Technology is a tribute to Nelson Mandela, who dreamed of a high school in the place of his birth. It will focus on developing interest and knowledge by young people in science and technology, and give learners the option to choose to study science, technology, engineering or agriculture in their last three years of schooling (Grades 10-12).

The school has been built by the parents of some of the children who will attend the school from January next year, or in the future. Most of these adults never went to school themselves. They played an important part in developing the school’s motto: Education is Freedom, inspired by Nelson Mandela’s quote “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”.

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