Nelson Mandela joins Microsoft’s Mark Hill at the opening of South Africa’s new Ngubechanti School and Clinic.
EASTERN CAPE, South Africa, June 19 — On Thursday, June 14, Nelson Mandela, former president of the Republic of South Africa, opened the new Ngubechanti School and Clinic, funded by Microsoft South Africa, which will provide education and primary health care services to Eastern Cape and the surrounding nine communities in the Mqanduli district.
The new school comprises 10 classrooms, a staff room, administrative offices, a school hall and a principal’s office. The Eastern Cape Departments of Education and Health provided equipment to furnish the school and clinic, as well as staff and teacher resources to fulfill the educational and health-care requirements of the surrounding communities.
In 1999, Mandela approached Microsoft South Africa to assist the Mahlungulu community in building a new school that would provide participants with improved learning facilities. Long-term plans include the introduction of technology to the school and linking the participants to other schools and communities through the Internet.
Children of the Mqanduli district who will benefit from the education and primary health care services of the new school and clinic.
“Worldwide, Microsoft has made a commitment to the youth and we are convinced that education is one of the greatest enablers in developing the social and economic well-being of future generations,” says Mark Hill, Microsoft South Africa’s managing director. “Microsoft South Africa became involved in building the Ngubechanti School and Clinic because we firmly believe in providing people with the resources that will allow them to accomplish great things.”