Free Nelson Mandela

freenelsonSon: Once, at school, our topic was about Mandela.

Mum: Nelson Mandela?

Son: Yes, Nelson Mandela – have you seen him? Did you know – he was in prison?

Mum: No I haven’t seen him and yes, I knew he was in prison.

Son: And, remember – he was kept in there for about 17 years.

Mum: Do you know what for?

Son: No… Life! For his life. Actually, I know – they threw him in prison because they thought he was trying to overtake the government. When it was the first day that we were learning about Nelson Mandela, they showed us a picture on our whiteboard – not the packet whiteboard, the big whiteboard on the wall when you come in. Miss W. showed us a picture and told us with our talking partners to tell each other what it might be. Harvey did a silly one – he said “I think he’s a football manager!”
Remember that Nelson Mandela was the first black government?

Mum: Was he?

Son: Yeah – haven’t you read about it in the news?

Mum: Ah yes, he was made President of South Africa when he got out of prison. I also read that he won the Nobel Peace prize – did you know about that?

Son: Yes! Do you remember, when he was in prison, people were holding signs that said “Free Nelson Mandela!”?

Mum: Yes, because the people didn’t think he had done anything wrong, did they?

Son: Yes. What does “Free Nelson Mandela” mean?

Mum: It means “let him go” – they wanted him to be set free so he could leave the prison.

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