Martin Davidson, Chief Executive of the British Council said:
'As we reflect on the passing of Nelson Mandela, I am sure we will each hold onto our own images and memories of his extraordinary life. For me, it was his unswerving commitment to the cause of equality and dignity for all in South Africa and the courage and vision he displayed as he pursued that goal.
His generosity of spirit and ability to forgive is surely an inspiration to people worldwide. As he reminds us, "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world". While we mark Nelson Mandela’s death, we can also celebrate a life that humbles us all.'
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