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  • The South African High Commission in Jamaica, in recognition of Nelson Mandela International Day, to be observed on July 18, decided to focus their efforts on serving rural children living in the parish of St. Thomas.
  • With particular interest in the students from the Middleton Primary and Lyssons Basic schools in the parish, they were treated to a fun day at the Hope Zoo in St. Andrew, on July 17.
  • Mr. Riley told JIS News that the High Commission is aware of several other activities that are taking place in various places across the country, where Jamaicans from all walks of life have alerted them to their outreach events.

The South African High Commission in Jamaica, in recognition of Nelson Mandela International Day, to be observed on July 18, decided to focus their efforts on serving rural children living in the parish of St. Thomas.

With particular interest in the students from the Middleton Primary and Lyssons Basic schools in the parish, they were treated to a fun day at the Hope Zoo in St. Andrew, on July 17.

“The High Commission, with outstanding support from the Hope Zoo, took the students for an outing. They spent the day doing an educational tour, which was followed by story-telling and games,” said Phillip Riley, Counsellor  at the South African High Commission.

Mr. Riley told JIS News that the High Commission is aware of several other activities that are taking place in various places across the country, where Jamaicans from all walks of life have alerted them to their outreach events.

Emphasizing the importance of the day, Mr. Riley pointed out that Mandela Day efforts, whether locally or abroad, should seek to strengthen local resources, both human and material.

A special day on the calendar of the global community, the day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday (July 18), by unanimous decision of the United Nations General Assembly in 2009.

The day was designed as a global call to action for citizens the world over to take up the challenge and follow in the footsteps of Madiba, a man who transformed his life, served his country and freed his people from apartheid.

Its objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better and in so doing, to build a movement for good.

Mr. Mandela died on December 5, 2013. He was 95 years old.