Mandela Day was definitely a heart-warming day and surely everyone that took part had a humbling experience.
We ran with two projects this year: one at Swartkop Valley Primary school and another in collaboration with Seeds of Africa at St Angasars. Both these schools are farm schools situated in the Muldersdrift area, Johannesburg. They are not as well equipped as schools in more urban areas, and the kids come from underprivileged backgrounds. However, they make the most of what they have on a daily basis.
MIP was able to bless the children at the primary school with a very educational animal talk, presented by Wild and Earthly. The excitement on their faces was priceless, especially when they were given the opportunity to personally interact with some of the more exotic animals. A hot dog and small sweet pack ended the day on a high note! The poor teachers had a hard time getting the kids to continue with a normal school day. We achieved our goal: smiles on small faces and a memorable experience!
St Angasars was a more mature crowd. Being inspired by the possibility of a brighter future, and learning about apps and programming was the order of the day there. Our team of programmers really came to the party. The classrooms were buzzing as young minds were unlocked to the world of “Scratch”. Conversation, thinking, fun and laughter reminded us that it was in our hands to make a difference. #67minutes #Mandeladay.
"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead” – Nelson Mandela
It was really a pleasure to play such an important part in the lives of our young ladies even if just for a few hours.
We showered them with love, friendship and knowledge and know they walked out of our offices more confident, more happy and more determined than when they walked in.
The girls received some key talks from our CTO, Divisional Manager and HR about:
• Women in technology,
• The roles and responsibilities of a manger and the executive
• Fundamental life skills on being a women today, following your passion, choosing your career path and lots more.
The girls then shadowed key individuals within the company and got exposure to the different aspects of programming and IT.
They attempted a programming task and ended the day playing a programming language game with the help and guidance of our young intern developers.
Fun was had… knowledge was shared. And great memories made….