Thoughts on Alexandra Township

 

By Amy Schoew, upon returning from S. Africa.

View across Alexandra from the construction site of the Nelson Mandela Museum

View across Alexandra from the construction site of the Nelson Mandela Museum

I visited Johannesburg for the first time, and was amazed at the incredible energy pulsing through this city. As I stood at the construction site of the Nelson Mandela museum on the corner of 7th Ave. and Richard Bayoli St. in the township of Alexandra, I looked out across the  rooftops of the homes of many of our LEAP 3 students. I had this realization, a “knowing,” that the people I am meeting during these days will have a profound impact on all of our lives. The work of transformation — educational, societal, personal — feels like slogging through mud, and sometimes it seems impassable. But other times, it feels otherworldly — full of air and light and joy, rising above. Hard, hard work — by the students, the faculty, the administration, the partners. But the successes are sweet. And so worth it.

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