In Kenya, the South African High Commission, the United Nations and the United States International University (USIU – Africa) spent Tuesday afternoon at a local primary school cleaning and interacting with pupils to mark Nelson Mandela International Day.

The South African High Commissioner to Kenya Koleka Mqulwana, said the clean-up at Roysambu Primary School – is in line with the theme of this year’s Mandela Day, to bring about sustainable change.

Excitement filled the air at Roysambu Primary School in the outskirts of Nairobi as hundreds of pupils welcomed guests who were there on a special mission, to serve.

“I am here to clean, I am here with my team to spend 67minutes of our day and make sure that this school is better than when we arrived,” says Mqulwana.

Today we commemorate Nelson Mandela’s life of service

UN office’s Newton Kanhema says; “Today we commemorate Nelson Mandela’s life of service, but the best tribute we can pay this man is not words but actions that can change this world.” So for 67 minutes staff members of the South African High Commission in Nairobi, the United Nations, South African companies with operations in Kenya, USIU students as well as teachers and pupils of Roysambu Primary School got their hands dirty, sweeping, dusting and collecting garbage around the vast school compound. “It’s fulfilling, and it is something that we need not to focus and do it every day, and it brings the consciousness for those of us in leadership not to sit in our offices but to remember there are those who are vulnerable among us,” says Mqulwana. Click below to watch:

– By Sarah Kimani