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Nelson Mandela

Friday, 6th December 2013

In the assembly and class today, children learned about Nelson Mandela, who he was and what he did.

Here are some key stages of his life:

18th July 1918 Born in the Eastern Cape, South Africa.

1943 Joins ANC (African National Congress).

1956 Charged with high treason, but charges dropped after a four-year trial.

1962 Jailed for five years for incitement and leaving country without a passport.

1964 Charged with sabotage, sentenced to life.

1990 Freed from prison.

1993 Wins Nobel Peace Prize.

1994-99 Serves as president of South Africa.

2004 Retires from public life.

2010 Last major public appearance at football World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa.

5th December 2013 Dies at the age of 95 due to lung infection.


Here are what the children have said about it:

“I am very pleased that Nelson Mandela made an excellent choice and never gave up on breaking up the apartheid. I think he was brave by encouraging people which stopped the apartheid.” -Imaan Y5


I wonder why people were separated from their family? I wonder who made this rule; why people are not allowed to sit on the same benches and go to certain shops.

I think Nelson Mandela did a great job because if an old lady is tired and wanted to sit down, she couldn’t because there was a sign that says whites only, they wouldn’t let them use the same things. If a black person was there, they would be killed. Nelson stood up for the black people and wanted everyone to get along.” -Aminah Y5


“I think Nelson Mandela was a really inspiring person because he was thinking about other people and not just himself. Even though he was in prison, he still carried on trying to stop the apartheid. He was a thoughtful and caring person because he made the right choices.” -Simrah Y5


Nelson Mandela


“Nelson Mandela was born July 18th, 1918. He became the first black president in 1994.” -Awais Y3

“Nelson was jailed in 1962, he died at the age of 95.”


“Nelson was a good man for his courage. All of the people will miss him in Africa” -Fahima Y2

“Thank you for working for your people in South Africa, they will really miss you.” -Furqan Y2


“Nelson was a good man, he helped black people in Africa.” -Hafsah Y1

“Nelson was a hero, he was the best, he helped the black people.” -Iqra Y1

“Nelson was a good man.” -Ruqayyah Y1


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