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Schoolchildren to celebrate icon’s birthday

Pupils at the Winsford Academy will mark former South African president Nelson Mandela’s birthday – also known as Mandela Day - on Thursday, July 18 with a variety of activities inspired by his homeland.

The secondary school, in Grange Lane, Winsford, will team up with Cheshire-based housing association Weaver Vale Housing Trust (WVHT) to provide children with treats including South African-themed food, a ‘Mandela maths’ competition and Mandela themed lessons throughout the school day.

The school will also promote the ethos of Mandela Day - harmony, humanity and compassion – with assemblies and lessons on the late leader, who died in December 2013.

Wayne Gales, WVHT Chief Executive, said: "I'm proud that WVHT is able to support Winsford Academy in celebrating Mandela Day, as part of our wider support for the My67 campaign to promote harmony, humanity and compassion. 

"This initiative is a valuable way to join partners and the local community together to spread a positive message. I'm delighted to be working in partnership with the Academy and look forward to an exciting day of activity to inspire and engage young people." 

Amanda Harrison, Principal at Winsford Academy said " We are thrilled to be working in such close partnership with Weaver Vale Housing Trust on this project. There are some exciting activities and deep learning experiences linked to the theme of Mandela Day planned. We hope this will be the first of many opportunities to work closely with the Weaver Vale Housing Trust to ensure the young people within the Academy and the wider community have access to a broad range of learning opportunities and personal development and are extremely grateful to the Trust for their help and support in making this day happen."


The scheme is part of the international My67 campaign led by charity Mandela8, which was launched by Mandela’s daughter, Dr Makaziwe ‘Maki’ Mendela-Amuh. It encourages people to give up 67 minutes of their time to help others, marking the 67 years Mandela fought for social justice. 

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