July 18 is Mandela Day, a day aimed at inspiring individuals to take action to help change the world for the better. In addition to encouraging all people to spend 67 minutes of the day engaged in community service (one minute to mark each year Mr. Mandela spent in public service), it is about inspiring a global movement for good.
At Room to Read, we have seen firsthand the challenges South Africa's educational system has faced, not least of which is providing quality reading material in all 11 of the country's official languages. We launched our operations in South Africa six years ago to honor the country's rich linguistic diversity and cultural heritage in storybooks.
In honor of Mandela Day, we asked our South Africa team to reflect on the power of language, and how the availability of high-quality, locally-relevant children's books has affected the lives of the children served by our programs.
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Lear more about our work in South Africa.