AHEN would like to express it great sadness and heartfelt condolences to the Mandela Family on the passing of Nelson Mandela who has died at the age of 95. We mourn with millions around the world as we remember the tremendous sacrifices that he made for the freedom of our people and celebrate the even greater impact of these sacrifices in uniting a nation and our people to stand up together and fight for justice, fairness and democracy.
As a believer in education and lifelong learning, Nelson Mandela, advocated that one of the most important things a nation could do was to educate its children.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world” – Nelson Mandela.
“Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”—Nelson Mandela.
Nelson Mandela was an inspiration and an icon depicting the goodness in human kind. In the words of South African President Jacob Zuma “Our people have lost a father.
“His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world. His humility, passion and humanity, earned him their love.”
Nelson Mandela received over 1000 awards including keys to cities, honorary degrees and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993. Along with the many peace and educational activities that he was involved in, Nelson Mandela was one of the leading spokespersons surrounding the campaign against AIDS.
Let us give thanks for his life; gratitude for his leadership and applaud his devotion to humanity and social justice for people all around the world. His tireless servitude towards ensuring social justice and equality has been a true inspiration for people of all races, creeds and religions across the globe.