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In the small village of Mvezo, the birthplace of Nelson Mandela, the Mandela School of Science & Technology was built. It opened in January 2014, in time for the new academic year, and is one of South Africa’s most environmentally-friendly schools.
The school is one of South Africa’s most ambitious corporate social responsibility projects and the fulfillment of Mandela’s dream of building a high school in the village of his birth. Construction of the school began in October 2012 and created employment for the local community, with building skills training provided by the South African German Chamber of Commerce and the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA).
The school is a model of green development and was developed according to Siemens’ sustainability principles. It is one of Siemens’ biggest ever social investments and features renewable energies, energy efficient lighting, automation systems, rainwater capture and water filtration technologies. The school has capacity for 700 learners. It welcomed Grade 8-10 learners in 2014, with Grade 11 and 12 to start in 2015 and 2016 respectively. Learners are able to choose one out of four specialized subject streams focusing on engineering, science, technology or agriculture.
The project embodies Mandela’s belief that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world“.