The statue of Nelson Mandela is only the start of this project. It will be the focus for a long-term initiative to ensure that the lessons of the struggle against apartheid remain in the minds of future generations so that Mandela’s life, sacrifice and values can be as inspirational to them as it was for earlier generations.
The foundation is already commissioning WOSDEC (West of Scotland Development Education Centre www.wosdec.org.uk) to write and pilot a course for primary and early secondary pupils on apartheid in South Africa, on the life of Mandela and its lessons for human rights and challenging racism, and on taking action for a better world.
The pilot with schools in Glasgow will relate the work on Mandela to his strong links with the city and the planned erection of a statue of him in Nelson Mandela Place. The course will be designed to be used anywhere, however, and in places with their own historic connections these can be inserted locally.
To borrow the words of Michael McGahey, the campaign will be “a movement not a monument.”
The mission of the Foundation is to the advancement of heritage and education, particularly through increasing knowledge and understanding of:
i) the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela;
ii) his role in the struggle for freedom and human rights in South Africa
iii) the lessons of that struggle for continued active commitment to human rights, equality and racial harmony
iv) the historic role of Glasgow in particular and of Scotland more generally in the world-wide campaign for his release and for human rights in South Africa.
v) Scotland’s strong historical connections with other leading South African figures and its wider links with South Africa’s history.