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Mandela Day to highlight Education and Literacy

1 August 2016 No Comment

Mandela Day is a reminder for people to help those who are in need, either because they are in poverty, conflict or face injustice.
“It is a reminder of a time where we have to make a life worth living for every single human being,” Graca Machel, the wife of late President Nelson Mandela said during the launch of Mandela Day on 9 June 2016 in Tembisa.
This year’s Mandela Day will highlight education and literacy, food security, shelter and the environment.
Nelson Mandela International Day was established on 18 July 2009 in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday via a unanimous decision of the United Nations General Assembly.
During the launch, Graca Machel planted a tree and repackaged food at the Dr Mathole Motshekga Primary School.
The Nelson Mandela Foundation also opened a library and donated books to the school.
Chief Executive Officer of the Nelson Mandela Foundation Sello Hatang said the call for Mandela Day since 2009 is not just about 67 minutes or 18 July, but is about making every day a Mandela Day.
He said in the last three years, the foundation has built 120 houses in partnership with Habitat for Humanity and the foundation has also opened about 90 libraries in the country.

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