His vision of the power of education is sorely needed in Nigeria, where school attendance at the most basic level is far from where it should be. This lack of access to education is hampering the economic and community development of Nigeria, especially in the northern states, where school attendance is the lowest in the nation.
Mandela (aka Madiba, his clan name), understood the power of education to overcome prejudice and promote reconciliation. “We are steadily but surely introducing education that enables our children to exploit their similarities and common goals, while appreciating the strength in their diversity.” He believed that children educated together would do much to eliminate the historical racial divides that plagued South Africa since the arrival of European colonists in the mid-17th. Century.
Africa Education Partnership has a similar vision. Along with our partners our shared vision for Graceland International School is to provide a quality education for boys and girls from all backgrounds, regardless of religious and ethnic background. One of our stated aims mirrors the spirit of Nelson Mandela’s vision to “promote peace, reconciliation and gender equality in education”