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Cape Town International Airport honours Mandela Day with an educational tour of the Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island

An ex-political prisoner from Robben Island speaks passionately about education to the learners


This year the airport took 32 matric learners from schools located in the vicinity, along with airport staff volunteers to visit Nelson Mandela Gateway to Robben Island. Robben Island partnered with the airport for the educational tour.

The airport is fully committed to its communities, in addition to the educational tour their fire fighters will be keeping the community of Freedom Farm (an informal settlement on the airports precinct) warm by giving the children soup on Mandela Day, 200 mouths will be fed on the day.  “Mandela Day is about individuals taking action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so, building a global movement for good. The airport is doing its bit with the aim of educating learners about the former statesman and what he stood for. In the process the airport hopes to inspire these learners to think beyond their circumstances and be custodians of the late Tata Mandela’s legacy,” said Deidre Davids, Communications Manager: Cape Town International Airport.

Due to weather conditions the learners were not able to visit the island but were instead taken on an educational tour of the Nelson Mandela Museum and also got an opportunity to interact with ex-political prisoners who shared their experiences of their life on Robben Island. “We hope that the visit will encourage the students to continue working hard in making their dreams a reality,” added Davids.

Nelson Mandela once said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” As an airport, education forms part of our key pillars for Socio-Economic Development that is why we have decided to spend the day with the learners to educate them about Nelson Mandela, the history of Robben Island which is now a heritage site. “We hope the students will walk away from this excursion knowing that no matter their circumstances, with determination they can achieve your goals,” added Davids.

View a slideshow of photographs taken at the event below

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