OU adds its tribute to its honorary doctor Nelson MandelaDec 07, 2013
The OU awarded Mr Mandela, whose death was announced on Thursday night, an Honorary Doctorate in 2004.
The award was conferred in Cape Town by the then Vice-Chancellor Professor Brenda Gourley and former OU Chancellor Baroness Boothroyd
Nelson Mandela’s high regard for education and how it could empower lives was praised by Professor Gourley as well as his “passion, morality and humanity”.
The OU’s current Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean (pictured) said: “Nelson Mandela was a towering international figure who embodied the principles of social justice, equality and opportunity.
These are values that lie at the very heart of the Open University, which is why we awarded Mr Mandela an Honorary Doctorate in 2004 and why we are adding our voice to the countless tributes rightly being paid to this great man around the world.”
The OU has been teaching in South Africa since 1997. It has run the Teacher Education in Sub-Saharan Africa programme since 2005, a resource bank of teacher education materials which is transforming the education of primary and secondary school teachers across Sub-Saharan Africa.
The Open University also launched HEAT in early 2011, an accelerated and scalable Healthcare Education and Training programme for frontline healthcare workers in Africa.