“What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.” — Nelson Mandela
We join the entire world grieving the passing of a giant among men. Although his mortal body is gone, the legacy of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela remains immortal. For that we can be grateful.
Affectionately known as Madiba, Mandela was a teacher — of dignity, social justice, co-existence. Despite extreme punishment thrust upon him by political circumstance, he emerged a champion of non-violence and he inspired those oppressed by Apartheid to stand united in knowledge to achieve equality in South Africa. His teachings inspired not just South Africans, but leaders and teachers throughout the world. He made profound impact in global political outcomes between nations and gave counsel to some of the world’s greatest leaders.
Perhaps his most valuable legacy exists in his words: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Indeed, making change for greater good begins in that lesson.
We send our deepest condolences to the Mandela family and to South African people for their, and our, most monumental loss.