AAI Celebrates Nelson Mandela International Day

July 18, 2013

Nelson Mandela DayStatement by Amini Kajunju, President and CEO of The Africa-America Institute on Nelson Mandela International Day

Today, The Africa-America Institute (AAI) joins individuals and organizations worldwide in celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day. On this day, we give thanks and celebrate the 95th birthday of Nobel Laureate and former South African President Nelson R. Mandela, and recognize his steadfast commitment to freedom and justice and the power of education.

A longtime friend of AAI, Mandela once said: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” On the occasion of Nelson Mandela Day, African governments, nongovernmental organizations and the international community, as a whole, must commit to redoubling our efforts to expand access to education on all levels in Africa to accelerate development progress and to build a strong educated and skilled workforce. Education is essential to the renaissance of the African continent — and its future.


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