Congratulations to Our 2017 Graduates!
A big congratulation to our 2017 graduates! Thank you for being a part of our inaugural cohort!
During the graduation ceremony, which took place on May 22 in the National Museum, we were honoured by the presence of H.E. Mogens Lykketoft (70th president elect of The United Nations General Assembly, former foreign minister and head of The Danish Parliament) and H.E. Zindziswa Nobutho Mandela (The South African Ambassador to Denmark). Both Mr Lykketoft and Mrs Mandela had inspirational addresses to the audience. Our graduating class enjoyed and was inspired by the distinguished speeches.
Our toastmaster was Mrs Lisbeth Davidsen, a journalist at TV2 News. Mrs Davidsen managed the graduation ceremony smoothly and professionally.
Mr Mogens Lykketoft addressed the graduates and audience on the importance of “serving the world for a better future for the world” and how the graduates could contribute to world peace and actively participate in solving the global issues stressed in the United Nations’ sustainable development goals.
Mrs Zindziswa Nobutho Mandela focused on the life philosophy of her father, Nelson Mandela. She spoke about Madiba, as he was officially known, his character, his personality and what made him into the person who inspired people beyond the borders of South Africa. Mrs Mandela shared a basic South African philosophy and one that stood close to Madiba´s heart, Ubuntu. Ubuntu´s basic understanding is: “I am because we are”. Mrs Mandela quoted from one of Madiba´s intervies where he defined Ubuntu as follows: “A traveller through a country would stop at a village and he didn’t have to ask for food or for water. Once he stops, the people give him food, entertain him. That is one aspect of Ubuntu, but it will have various aspects. Ubuntu does not mean that people should not enrich themselves. The question therefore is: Are you going to do so in order to enable the community around you to be able to improve?”
We hope that these inspirational speeches will trigger a passion to “make change in the world” in the direction of peace.