GCE would like to add its condolences to the worldwide respect being paid Nelson Mandela upon his passing. Madiba was an inspiration for different reasons during the various stages of his life: from his principled stand against Apartheid as a young lawyer, to the sacrifice of his personal freedom during a more active resistance, and finally for the forgiveness and reconciliatory spirit he demonstrated afterward.
As an organization committed to Namibian education, we are especially mindful of the direct influence Mandela's life work had on the people we care so much about. Apartheid is mostly associated with South Africa, but as colonial subjects of the Pretoria government, Namibians were likewise subjected to the monstrous policies of white minority rule. Consequently, they resisted in tandem with their South African counterparts and generally followed the strategic course set by Mandela's ANC, so even though the two countries have their own separate heroes, histories, and mythologies, Mandela is beloved in Namibia for the Long Walk to Freedom he inspired in both.