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Learners at the museum's 20th Anniversary Summit

In celebration to Youth Month the Nelson Mandela Museum wishes to invite learners from Grade 10 – 12 to partake in the essay contest that will be in honour of the sacrifices young people have made in the struggle of freedom in education whilst comparing their struggle to the one presented by the coronavirus pandemic.

In honour of this, we are inviting students to submit a 400 – 600 word essay in any of the South African official languages to discuss their views and opinions on “How can the youth of today promote the culture of teaching and learning in order to uphold the vision of the youth of 1976”

This essay must be a true representation of your freedom of expression. All essay submissions must be made by 10pm, 10 June 2020 to email address

All submissions will then be regarded as entries to a virtual National Youth Debate facilitated by the National Youth Ambassador – Nosipho Hani on Tuesday June 16 2020. The top 3 entries will be announced on June 13 2020

The top three essays will debate the topic further and the winner will win a tablet that will aid them in the 4IR transition of learning and be named the first e-Legacy Ambassador for the Nelson Mandela Museum.

We encourage freedom of speech and the right to learn and also envision that this project will show learners the important values one needs to house in order to create a dynamic change and also spark conversations in families and communities.

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For more information call our Senior Manager Public Engagement and Marketing,

Project Leader

Ms Nontlahla Tandwa

072 791 3493 or email: