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CNN Hero Visits Concordia

October, 2013
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concordia-cnn-heroThoulani Madondo visited Concordia International School Shanghai (Concordia) on 13 September. Madondo’s program provides academic support to 400 children living in the poverty-stricken area of Kliptown, South Africa. He and his troupe of performers visited campus as a part of the Kliptown Youth Program Gumboot Movement China Tour.

The troupe electrified an assembly of students at Concordia, with dances, drumming and a discussion about how South Africa has changed over the past 20 years. He touched upon the struggles poverty continues to bring to his community, such as lack of schools, clinics and even enough food. Madondo, a South African who loves his country, shared the powerful effect the end of Apartheid in the 1990’s has had upon him directly. With the recognition and monetary award being named CNN Hero has brought, an academy has been funded providing 400 local students with a computer room and a school where English, math and science lessons are taught.  

"Our mission is to help young people get out of poverty. I want them to realize that it doesn’t cost any money to dream. It’s free to dream," says Madondo.


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