To all our South African Friends

To all our South African Friends (and now to our friends in Africa and all over the world):

A great man has departed to better and more peaceful pastures. He leaves behind a legacy of unprecedented importance to humanity. One of reconciliation and peace. One of equality under the eyes of not only that Superior Being but, most important, among ourselves. One of humbleness and perseverance. One of dignity and simplicity. One of elegance but without losing the common touch. A smile the melted the hardest minds and souls. A spark in his eyes that inspired hope and foresaw better times.

 We all have a lot to learn from this great man. We will miss him as a beacon of enlightenment and vision.

May he rest in peace.

On behalf of the OLPC team, our respect and admiration for this gentle soul,

Rodrigo Arboleda

Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that a son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another.”

– Nelson Mandela

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