The Nelson Mandela School will hold its inaugural Madiba Day on 10 February 2012.

‘Madiba’ is a term of endearment and respect for Nelson Mandela, the school’s namesake. ‘Madiba’ is the name of the clan of which Mr Mandela is a member. Madiba Day will be held each year on or around 11 February, the date on which Mr Mandela was released after 27 years in prison in 1990. Madiba Day will celebrate the life, values and ideas of Nelson Mandela.

Madiba Day will also focus on South Africa and southern Africa. Special Madiba Day projects will be undertaken by all grades in the school.

During this year’s Madiba Day, renowned photographer Jürgen Schadeberg will present a slide show of his photographs to secondary school students. The photographs document South Africa from the 1950s to the present day and portray many who were involved in the anti-apartheid struggle, including Nelson Mandela.

Madiba Day will also feature a special screening of Standhalten (2011), an award-winning film about Islamophobia made by the students of the Nelson-Mandela-Schule in Hamburg. The screening will be followed by a podium discussion with the students involved in the making of the film. This event takes place in the secondary school and is coordinated by the Diversity Committee.

Information about the students and film: Report by NDR TV (3 min) - (no longer available)

Parents please note: the ‘Madiba Market’ will not take place during this year's Madiba Day.

Calling all parents with South African connections!

Parents with connections to South Africa are invited to partake in the upcoming Madiba (Nelson Mandela) Day on Friday 10 February 2012. If you are from South Africa, work extensively in South Africa or have other strong ties to South Africa, the Madiba Group invites you to talk to a group of students in the school about a South African related topic. See below for some possible themes. Please contact the Madiba Group (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you are available to help. Thank you!

Possible themes – parents with South African connections talk to pupils –


  • Animals of Africa, South Africa
  • Cradle of humankind
  • Growing up in South Africa
  • Searching for traces of Africa in Berlin
  • Music, dance, food


  • What did the football World Cup change about South Africa?
  • Apartheid – what is/was that?
  • Visits to the embassy, ministry for foreign affairs and other institutions: politics, economic ties
  • Solar energy, environmental challenges, natural resources, marine resources
  • South African artists

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