Today (18th July 2018) is Nelson Mandela International Day across the world, celebrated each year on his birthday.

Our students celebrate ‘Mandela 67’ (in honour of his 67 years of commitment to social justice) when back on campus for Student Introduction Week in mid August – second years introduce first years to projects to which they contribute across the world.

This is a particularly special year as we celebrate the centenary of Mandela’s birth (1918 – 2018). On a recent trip to South Africa to spend time with family, Kathini and I visited the stunning Mandela sculpture erected at the place (near Howick in Kwa-Zulu Natal) where he was captured. At the temporary exhibition, we were struck by a Mandela quotation we did not know:

‘I have discovered the secret after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb’.

There are many more hills to climb for our recent graduates, our current and incoming students, and the staff and supporters of UWC Red Cross Nordic but, in the spirit of Nelson Mandela (the former Honorary President of UWC), we shall continue to climb the hills ahead of us and give our very best to promoting peace, inclusion, community-building and sustainability both on campus and beyond.


Richard D A Lamont
UWC Red Cross Nordic