Speech by Minister of Basic Education, Hon. Mrs. Angie Motshekga, “Mandela Day” in Support of 1000 Libraries.

Programme Director: Acting Director-General Mrs. Palesa Tyobeka
Deputy Minister of Basic Education
Representatives of various Business organisations
Distinguished guests
Ladies and Gentlemen

Thank you all for taking the time to join us at this important meeting to talk about the most important subject in education – books and libraries. Books and libraries are the bedrock of a functioning and well-resourced school environment.

The year 2015 marks the sixth anniversary of the International Nelson Mandela Day. The United Nations (UN) officially declared 18 July as Nelson Mandela International Day in November 2009, recognising Mandela’s “values and his dedication to the service of humanity” and acknowledging his contribution “to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world”.

In 2014 the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon characterised the Nelson Mandela Day thus: “Nelson Mandela Day is a call to action. Each of us can celebrate this day by helping to address real problems in our communities. Together we can give great meaning to our celebration by paving the way for a better future.”

Programme Director through the Nelson Mandela International Day will seek to honour and celebrate the life of Isithwalandwe and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate uTata uMadiba. Read more

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