Man­dela’s grand­son to speak at UWC event

Albuquerque Journal - - OPINION -

The grand­son of Nel­son Man­dela will speak at the United World Col­lege-USA’s 2019 An­nual Con­fer­ence, which will be held from Thurs­day, Feb. 21, to Satur­day, Feb. 23, on the Mon­tezuma cam­pus.

Nd­aba Man­dela is the au­thor of the book “Go­ing to the Moun­tain: Life Les­sons from My Grand­fa­ther, Nel­son Man­dela.”

Nel­son Man­dela was a South African anti-apartheid revo­lu­tion­ary who served as his coun­try’s pres­i­dent from 1994 to 1999. For four years, he was also joint pres­i­dent for the United World Col­lege move­ment, which has 17 in­ter­na­tional high schools around the world.

Nd­aba Man­dela is the co-founder and co-chair­man of the Africa Ris­ing Foun­da­tion, a non­profit com­mit­ted to pub­li­ciz­ing the pos­i­tive im­age of Africa through pub­li­ca­tions, films, me­dia and so­cial in­ter­ac­tion. He is a mem­ber of the Pan-African Youth Coun­cil, which works closely with the African Union and was the ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor for UN AIDS, a non­profit that cam­paigns to end the stigma of AIDS. Both his par­ents died from the dis­ease.

Free and open to the pub­lic, the an­nual con­fer­ence will bring to­gether stu­dents from more than 10 high schools in the re­gion for work­shops, ac­tiv­i­ties and speak­ers fo­cus­ing on dif­fer­ent as­pects and ex­pe­ri­ences re­lated to the theme of mi­gra­tion and be­long­ing.

The con­fer­ence is spon­sored by The Bar­tos In­sti­tute for Con­struc­tive En­gage­ment of Con­flict, which aims to ad­vance the skills of peace­mak­ing and con­flict res­o­lu­tion. For a sched­ule of events, go to www.uwc-usa.org/.

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