The Passing of Nelson Mandela
On December 5, 2013, Nelson Mandela, first democratically elected President of the Republic of South Africa, passed away.
On behalf of the students, staff and school communities of the Durham District School Board, we send our deepest sympathy and condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and to the people of South Africa on this sad occasion.
Nelson Mandela was a tireless champion for the rights of all the people of South Africa and for the cause of democracy. He remains an inspiration and hero to children, youth and adults in Canada and around the world.
Nelson Mandela epitomizes the character traits we hold so dear as a community. He is admired and respected, not only for his life-long struggle to achieve freedom and democracy for all the people of South Africa, but also for the courageous conviction with which he defended his ideals and his principles. He is also respected for his spirit of compassion and forgiveness, even for those who caused so much suffering for so many.
These are the qualities which he demonstrated to the people of South Africa and to the world, upon his release from 27 long years as a political prisoner of the former apartheid Government of South Africa. These are the qualities for which he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.
After his retirement from active political life as President of his country, Nelson Mandela devoted the rest of his life to championing the rights of the poor, orphaned, disabled and homeless children of South Africa. While we will miss the strength of his character, the wisdom of his words and the compassion of his heart, Nelson Mandela will remain a timeless inspiration.
May he rest in peace.
Joe Allin, Chair, Board of Trustees
Martyn Beckett, Director of Education