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Duke University Students Reach out to Shongweni Community for Mandela Month
It's on a chilly Saturday morning when Principal Ntinga took the microphone to start the Morning Prayer in front of the usual 1200 pupils at Edamini Combined Primary School in Shongweni, you could hear a pin drop.

In neat rows, pupils from Grade R to Grade 9 with freshly pressed uniforms, polished shoes and beady eyes, offered the Morning Prayer in unison like a perfectly synchronised choir. This was their routine for the entire week. But today was special as it was about to open a new chapter for relationship- building in this humble and sporty loving community.

Soccer is a popular past time in most townships and sport is a powerful connector for youth development. Each year, MILE and visiting students from Duke University, North Carolina (USA)  identify an organisation or school  to hand over sport outfits to the most deserving. This time is was the community of Shongweni’s turn to host a group from UKZN, MILE and DUKE University as part of its city – university outreach program.

Edamini Combined Primary School is a non-fee school and is categorised as Quintile 3 (reliance on external funding and goodwill and generosity of benefactors) has a history of moulding winners of the famous Duzi Marathon, turning choir vocalists and produces some of the districts most talented young soccer stars. 

MILE and DUKE will be pursuing discussion to ensure that a more sustainable collaboration is in place that  will benefit this simple and unassuming school to give effect to the words of the late Nelson Mandela when he said, ​“ Education is the most important weapon one can use to change the world”. 

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