Mandela Day

It is with great pleasure that we at Participate for Good welcome actress and philanthropist Hlubi Mboya Arnold as non-executive director of Participate for Good’s Mandela Education Programme.

The programme has its roots in the early days of the 46664 series of benefit concerts hosted in honour of Nelson Mandela between 2003 and 2008. It has three active projects focused on child literacy, the Mandela Day School Library project being the mainstay, which currently provides libraries built out of old shipping containers to more than 100 000 children a day.

Kids And Hlubi
(Image: Mandela Day School Library)

Mboya Arnold is perhaps best known for her roles in TV and on the big screen, but many know of her passion and dedication to changing the face of opportunity in South Africa. With over a decade of service as a Global Ambassador for the Mandela Day School Library project, she has now accepted a position as a Participate for Good non-executive director in charge of donor relationships and fundraising.

Passion like Mboya Arnold’s for educating children is seen as a fundamental requirement in the organisation. The Mandela Day School Library project looks to give children access to the tools and means for personal advancement, so that they can help themselves to succeed. 

"I believe that education is designed to empower people and must be transformational in nature. Education has to help people develop the knowledge, skills and values needed to become social advocates who can make reflective decisions and implement their decisions in effective personal, social, political and economic actions,” she says.

Mboya Arnold’s work as a Global Mandela Ambassador will continue, but with a greater focus and with the reward of first-hand, direct impact.