Education can change the world - a project in Nelson Mandela’s hometown
Construction of the Nelson Mandela No-Moscow Primary School in South Africa
Since the building of the No-Moscow Primary School in South Africa was in a miserable condition, the Child & Family Foundation decided to build a new school and thereby provide the children with a better quality of education and a better quality of life.
The school is dedicated to Gerald Seebacher. We express our thanks in the name of the beneficiaries for the commitment and the relentless dedication to this school.
School life in Nelson Mandela’s hometown
The Qunu village can be found on South Africa’s Eastern Cape, just off the N2 national road, and a three hour drive from East London. In the past, the village already attracted lots of attention for being the home town of the former South African president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela.
Despite the village’s notoriety, many of its inhabitants live in poverty. Many years the local children were given lessons at the No-Moscow Primary school under extremely difficult conditions.
Most of the school buildings were in very bad conditions. In some areas there was danger of collapse therefor the students from seven different grades have been forced to share very limited space in the highly dilapidated classrooms.
Two school grades with 50 - 60 children were taught together in one classroom. This was a very difficult situation for teachers and students alike. Broken windows and roof structure, cracked walls and the lack of furniture made everyday school life very difficult.
Education can change the world
The Child & Family Foundation became aware of this school's situation through a personal contact of the Nelson Mandela family. In keeping with Nelson Mandela's vision of promoting education in the country, the CFF committed to this project in 2012 and set the goal of building a new school in Qunu.
In nine months the school has been planned and rebuilt. The CFF provided seven new classrooms, a nursery, modern bathrooms, a conference room, IT-room, library, kitchen, an arts and crafts room, a playground and soccer field and new learning materials.
After seven months of preparation and planning and just two months construction the new school was built. To avoid as much disruption as possible during the construction period, the children were taught in the old school building, which was demolished just 5 days before the opening of the new school.
Luvuyo Hlanganani Mandela, Nelson Mandela's great-grandson, celebrated the opening together with Hubert Freidl, Nina Passegger, Gerhard Buckholz, many Cashback World Members and the Qunu community on the 15th of March 2013. The children's faces lit up as they saw the new school and learning materials, leaving a lasting impression on all those present.
“Education is important. If you are not educated you cannot be a leader.” (Nelson Mandela)
The new school is dedicated to the former president and nobel laureate Dr. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela.
Special thanks go to Dagmar Wessel-Saue and Ercin Filizli for their generous support of this project as well as to 30 South African Cashback World Members who volunteered to help complete the project. The Child & Family Foundation would also like to thank the Qunu community for their support on site during construction work as well as the South African project managers: Stefan Buckholz, Nkosingiphile Mkhwane and Quinton O'Neill.