Nelson Mandela as an exemplar of lifelong learning

A study of Nelson Mandela’s educational experiences has revealed the global icon to be an exemplar of lifelong learning. Research by Dr Peter Rule of the school of education at South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal shows “deep fascination with education and learning”.Mandela’s autobiography, Long Walk to Freedom, is written “almost as a learning story. These are my teachers, this is what I learned and, as a result, this is who and what I have become,” Rule told the 9th Annual Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference held in Durban last week.“Often when Mandela introduces a person he will talk about his education, or he will talk about what he learned from that person, whether a friend or an enemy. There’s a very specific emphasis on learning.”The purpose of the…

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