The French Embassy celebrates Mandela Day with the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund

As part of Nelson Mandela Centenary celebrations, the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, in partnership with the French Embassy in South Africa, hosted its annual Children’s Celebration on Monday 16 July 2018 at the French International School in Morningside, Johannesburg.

Since its inception, Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund has honoured late former President Nelson Mandela’s wish to celebrate his birthday by celebrating it with children. In his memory, for the Mandela Centenary celebrations, the Fund and the French Embassy celebrated his birthday by giving children the space to play, speak and take part in various activities.

This was an iconic event as Nelson Mandela’s 90th birthday was hosted at the same French School in collaboration with the French Embassy. On this occasion, French Ministre d’État, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, M. Nicolas Hulot, and Minister of Basic Education, H.E. Angie Motshekga, attended the event and shared the ceremonial birthday cake with the participating children from seven townships in the Gauteng area.

“We are excited and honoured to celebrate Nelson Mandela’s centenary at the French School, the same place where he celebrated his 90th birthday. The entire world knows that Mandela loved children and we are committed to taking his legacy forward,” H.E. Mr. Christophe Farnaud, Ambassador of France to South Africa.

In recognition of the importance of education through sport, 250 children participated in “mini-Olympics” sporting activities, selected by Move-It, Moving Matters, and visual arts activities, coordinated by the Valued Citizens Initiative, to celebrate his legacy. Various forms of entertainment were available which includes a Mandela play, fun rides and a special musical item rendered by Kgololo Polelo, The Angel of Opera.

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publie le 17/07/2018

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