Shepparton News

MANDELA LEARNING CENTRE LAUNCH

CENTRE TO HELP SHEPPARTON YOUTH BECOME FUTURE LEADERS AND CARRY ON LATE GREAT MAN’S LEGACY

- By Rhiannon Tuffield

The legacy of human rights activist and the late South African President Nelson Mandela will soon become a beacon for the youth of Shepparton, in a learning centre that is a national first.

At its launch on Tuesday night, Shepparton-based youth leadership program Future Voices planted the seed of what will one day become the Nelson Mandela Learning Centre, after receiving permission from the official Nelson Mandela Foundation.

The project will be the first of its kind in Australia and Future Voices project manager Rashidi Sumaili said the plan was to develop a centre that would teach the legacy of the late revolution­ary to multicultu­ral youth.

The purpose and aim of both organisati­ons is the focus on developing high aspiration­s among youth from disadvanta­ged background­s and creating future leaders who think on a global scale.

But Mr Sumaili said the centre would not only be for new migrants, but also those who had room to grow.

‘‘We want to give those who may feel a little lost a space where they can share knowledge and skills,’’ Mr Sumaili said.

‘‘I think the thing that puts our youth behind is sometimes their life experience, but having mentors, having people who can inspire them is what works. We are building this philosophy in Shepparton so the young people can be inspired and be leaders, which is what Nelson Mandela was.’’

Discussion­s are under way about the centre’s developmen­t.

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Pictures: Geoff Adams Home for learning: Above, Shepparton community members gathered at La Trobe University campus for the launch of the Mandela Learning Centre project. Left: Shepparton Afghani women Tahera Hashimi, Maryam Jumakhan and Sumia Saifu with US Consular General...
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