Students and staff of Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, paid rich tributes to Nelson Mandela on his birth centenary on Wednesday.
Charge d’ Affaires Thembela Ngculu, Counsellor Multilateral, South African High Commission, presided over as the chief guest. HN Manzini, High Commissioner, Republic of South Africa, also graced the occasion and appreciated the efforts of the school in embracing the legacy of Mandela.
Paying rich tributes to this Icon of Freedom, school Director Dr Jyoti Bose, urged the students “to seek inspiration from the great son of Africa and at the same time remember the great son of India – Mahatma Gandhi – as both stood for a just and humane society”.
Celebrating the Birth Centenary of Mandela, the theme for which was “Be the Legacy – Remembering Nelson Mandela”, students participated in myriad activities, including cleanliness campaign, planting saplings, donating books and stationery items and holding sessions for the children with special needs.
Recalling the struggle of South Africa, the school choir sang in Mandela’s praise and students presented audio-video presentations explaining Nelson Mandela’s ‘long walk to freedom’. In a befitting tribute to the peace icon, dancers of the school presented the song “Asimbonanga” sung by Joan Baez.
The Audio Visual presentation titled ‘Springdales and South Africa — An enduring relationship’ brought to fore the journey of Africa Club initiated by Dr Rajni Kumar, Founder Principal and Chairperson, Springdales Education Society, and her steadfast support for the South Africans in their fight for democracy.
In his speech, Thembela Ngculu encouraged the students to defend the legacy of this great statesman and realise his vision of a democratic, just and equitable society.
Officiating Principal Ritu Madan proposed the vote of thanks.