67 Minutes for #MandelaDay at Orban School

Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated annually on the 18th of July on his birthday. The day serves as a global call to action, celebrating the idea that each individual has the power to transform the world and the ability to make an impact. This year, the UNIC Windhoek team visited grade 1 learners of Orban Primary School to share Mandela’s vision of a peaceful and unified world.

Approximately, 100 learners were present in the school hall to engage in a fun, educational outreach centred Mandela’s life journey, enhanced through captivating  infographic posters for their classrooms. UNIC addressed the challenges Mandela had to overcome as one of the world’s greatest peace and human rights activists and the significant contribution he made as South Africa politician towards humanity. The lessons built on the importance of human rights, equality, peace as well as the significant role of Education throughout his life.

The learners were very attentive as the UNIC team read an amusing children’s book titled Mr. Hare meets Mr. Mandela. The storytelling was accompanied with props mentioned in the book such as faux South African Rands, which contain Nelson Mandela’s image. The reading lesson formed part of the Centre’s dedicated 67 minutes to take action in the community. Reading to children is one of the many actions one can take to mark Mandela Day.

The key focus and message of the  educational outreach at Orban Primary School in Windhoek  was to encouraging the young learners to ”Take Action”  and to help them to make sense of their involvement and contribution to the Mandela’s #ActionAgainstPoverty awareness campaign. The learners came up with ideas of what they can do to take action which included: picking up litter; speaking out against bullying, taking up chores at home, sharing food with their friends and spread kindness in order to ‘make every day Nelson Mandela Day’.

Each learner received a “Take Action” card, containing a checklist of every day good deeds they can do at home or at school. They were encouraged to take it home and share the message in their families and communities.

The educational outreach ended with a fun quiz and a useful revision of all the lessons and facts learnt during the information session.

Correct answers were rewarded with picture books; which is a wonderful way to enhance literacy  supporting the ongoing efforts in fostering a culture of reading in the country. To learn more about Mandela Day click here: https://bit.ly/1zIOZox