‘Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.’
Christian Aid today paid tribute to the ‘magnanimity and moral courage’ of South Africa’s first freely elected president, Nelson Mandela, who has died.
Christian Aid director Loretta Minghella described the late leader as a 'man whose strength of vision founded a nation'.
She continued: 'The sufferings and injustices inflicted by apartheid could so easily have led to a reckoning in blood when majority rule was introduced.
'The fact that South Africa’s transition from pariah state to independent nation took place in relative peace was largely down to the magnanimity and moral courage of Mr Mandela.
'His readiness to eschew revenge after 27 years in prison was an example to all. His calm and restraint showed the people, not just of South Africa but the world, that justice and tolerance can prevail over fear and oppression.
'He was that rare creature, a person of immense power who used his energies and influence for the good of all. He will be sorely missed.'
Christian Aid was a consistent opponent of the apartheid system. In the late 1980s, Christian Aid joined the Southern African Coalition, consisting of churches, trade unions, and the Anti-Apartheid Movement in the UK, which played an active part in calling for sanctions.
To help you reflect on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, we have an assembly available to use with pupils of all ages.