School Reporters react to the news of Nelson Mandela's death

Key Points

  • BBC News School Reporters are giving their reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela
  • There has been an overwhelming response to the news with hundreds of students expressing their views
  • School Report is a BBC News project which helps secondary school students make their own news reports

    1748: And that concludes a quite extraordinary day of reaction and reflection from School Reporters and other students at schools around the UK - perfectly summed up by our previous entry.

    Thank you for all your contributions to our coverage of this historic and sad day.


    Teacher Charlotte Berry says the feeling at The Billericay School today seems to have been "one not of sadness but of admiration"

    "A 95-year-old man has died peacefully at home, surrounded by loved ones having left this world a much better place because of his ideals and actions. Truly inspirational and something to aspire to.

    "Both teachers and students were clearly affected by the news and our subsequent assemblies have generated much reflection and discussion. It was very moving to see so many students wanting to talk about Mandela.

    "Some found it very difficult to articulate how they felt with many saying that although they knew he was a great man who changed the world, they needed to find out more.

    "They genuinely wanted to hear about teachers' own experiences - from turning 16 as Mandela was released, to going on anti-apartheid protests at university, to growing up in South Africa. School Reporters hope to explore this in more depth through a series of interviews."


    Emily Peel, a teacher from The Compton School in north London, reflects on the reaction of her students to the death of Mandela:

    "I have been moved by the reaction of my students, who all recognise the contribution he has made to modern society despite these issues being generations old. They seem genuinely saddened and inspired by Mandela and look at him as a role model, which is heartening."


    Teacher Mark Duncan sums up the atmosphere at The Coopers' Company and Coborn School today:

    "The students thoroughly impressed me with the amount they knew about Nelson Mandela. You could hear a pin drop during the assemblies this morning with all students highly engaged with the messages being delivered.

    "They highly respect him all feel he is one of the great leaders of humanity in a generation. This did somewhat surprise me, as Nelson Mandela has not really been prominent in their lifetime, however this just shows the impact he has had and will continue to have."


    Comments continue to come in from schools around the UK. School Reporters at Ysgol Bro Pedr in Wales said:

    Max, 15: "A leader in life, an inspiration in death. His passing and legacy do not cast a shadow over the actions of others, they illuminate this world so that we may all appreciate each other's actions as equals."

    Jaxom, 15: "He will be thought of by all, be remembered by all and will certainly never be forgotten."

    Thorngrove School

    1727: Year 7 and 8 pupils at Thorngrove School in Newbury have been digesting the news of Nelson Mandela's death and explaining how they feel about it.

    Abby, 13, said: "Today I felt sad because one of our great leaders has died. He was a very important figure for everybody, not just South Africans. He has helped a lot of people."

    Lucy, 12, said: "In 2008 I went to an event in Hyde Park and I heard Nelson Mandela speak and I realised how lucky we are that we can live the way we can."

    "He was a good man who was an inspiration to young people," said Helen, 13 while another 13-year-old Charlie said: "Today we lost one of the greatest world leaders."

    Connor, 13, added: "He was a great inspiration to others for fighting for justice and keeping the peace."


    Listen to Newsbeat's Greg Dawson has taken a look back at Nelson Mandela's life, explaining how he started his campaign against apartheid and eventually became President of South Africa after spending 27 years in prison.

    They've also produced a photo gallery of his life.


    More from the School Reporters at Walworth Academy:

    Year 9 pupil Joey remarked that "Mandela's death has made an impact on many people's lives after his inspirational actions."

    Andrew in Year 9 "felt very bad and upset because he was a very good man that helped the black community."

    Cameron, in Year 7, said: "It is very sad because he was the first black South African president and he was very determined."

    Year 8 pupil Amira feels that "Nelson Mandela has made a big change to the world and has inspired many people."

    James, in Year 7 remarked: "This is a tragedy as he was one of the most determined people ever."

    Doc Brown

    1716: CBBC star Doc Brown has paid his own tribute to Nelson Mandela. You can see his video on the BBC Newsround website.


    Iman Ali, a teacher at Walworth Academy in south London, has been touched by her students' reactions today:

    "Some moving reactions from our students to the news of the death of Nelson Mandela. They demonstrated a great sense of maturity, empathy and respect showing just how much the Mandela legacy has and continues to thrive! I was impressed that he had managed to touch lives both young and old and is revered by all."


    School Reporters Christine and Liam from Fowey Community College in Cornwall have shared their thoughts on Nelson Mandela and how he changed their views on politics.

    Christine, Year 9, said it had made her think that in politics it is important to remember the positives "even in times of trouble like Mandela did". Year 8 student Liam agreed and said it was a "sad time" but also "a time to rejoice and celebrate everything he has achieved".


    Pupils at Skinners' Academy have been writing their own messages to Nelson Mandela, with Keziah commenting he was inspiring "to people of all races and backgrounds".

    Khuloud, who is in Year 8, said: "He has changed the world for the better and he will always be in my heart. We bless him for changing the world and never giving up on it."

    Bhoomi described Mr Mandela as a "worldwide icon" and Eda said he was a role model who had "touched the hearts of many people that he didn't even know".

    "Nelson Mandela - you have inspired me to stand up for what I believe in and to never give up because you never gave up on your dream! Thank you," said Emer, Year 8.

    Anika concluded: "You are also my biggest inspiration. Rest in Perfect Peace."


    School Reporter Humairah, aged 15, issued the following statement on behalf of The Samuel Lister Academy in Bingley:

    "Nelson Mandela was a true hero. Without his perfect example and shining role we would not have been able to live the way we do today. He finalised the [end] of segregation and made the choice of demanding for equality and giving everyone hope. This is why he was a very special person and an inspiration to me and many others. Now that he has gone we should make him proud and show him that we can stand up to ourselves and racism. There are only a few people in this world like Nelson Mandela who have the ability to cause a good change in the world and we are extremely upset to lose a hero like him."


    Pupils from Walworth Academy in Southwark have been sending in their tributes to the late South African leader:

    Kenny, in Year 7 said: "Rest in peace Nelson Mandela, he was a great leader for South Africa and the world."

    Alia, in Year 12 said: "He is a huge historical figure who will never be forgotten due to his passionate deeds."

    Phruesaji, in Year 9 commented that "he saw that change was needed for the better."

    Tommy, in Year 8, felt very "sad after hearing the news, because he was an inspiration and showed great resilience whilst in prison."

    Timothy, Year 8 and Stanley, in Year 7 were both saddened by the news: "He was a good man."


    We hear that the mood this morning at Skinners' Academy in Hackney was a reflective one as pupils arrived at school, many starting to have their own discussions about Nelson Mandela. Pupils saw BBC News reports on the televisions in the reception area and started to speak to staff about the news.

    Staff and pupils reflected on the news of his death and participated in a minute's silence. They then watched a video featuring a reading by Morgan Freeman of the poem that got Mr Mandela through his dark days in prison - Invictus.


    A Ryburn Valley High School teacher says:

    "Year 10 students discussed Mandela's death and all felt very passionate about the difference he made to 'the way we view other human beings.'"


    Reflections have been pouring in from Acton High School:

    16-year-old Jason said: "I am a black African born in 1997, and I wonder if it wasn't for Nelson Mandela what state would we be living in?"

    Charles, 16, has been thinking about Mandela's legacy: "Mandela was known to all and was a hero to many. His friends and family will and should always be proud".

    Issam, 16, commented: "Nelson Mandela was a truly inspirational hero who will leave an enduring legacy. Mandela's family should be proud of his magnificent achievement."

    Hoshvan, 15, said: "Nelson Mandela was a great man that I will dearly miss. What I will always remember about him is that he never accepted any kind of oppression. Society needs more men like Mandela."-

    16-year-old Ricky sums Mandela up as "a great man with great responsibilities. A true legend".


    More reaction from The Billericay School in Essex:

    Kristy: "A complete inspiration to everyone"

    Ria: "An amazing role model to look up to, RIP"

    Alyssa: "He was an inspiration and his fight against prejudice and discrimination is something that will live on through generations"

    Anamarie: "Lives are lost easily, however legacies, memories and history live on. A brave, strong, admirable man. Rest in peace."


    Reaction just in from Harris Girls' Academy East Dulwich:

    "His death makes me proud to be who I am!" said Elo

    "I'm proud of him for getting us where we are today!" added Dyanci

    "Although your death was a shock to us, your memories will always be with us. Your legacy, life and achievement will always be celebrated because we know you have gone to a better place. RIP Nelson Mandela, my role model." Kudiratu

    Miss Beckles, their teacher, summed up the feelings of her pupils today:

    "Nelson Mandela's death has marked the end of an era for many people. I feel deep sadness as he amongst many others have fought for our rights and I for one would have suffered as a victim of the inequality that he and many others faced not so long ago."


    Students from Colne Community School & College in Essex have been sharing their thoughts on the South African figure:

    Chloe was inspired by the way Nelson Mandela "changed the lives of black people in South Africa and across the world".

    Essylt said: "He was someone who had a big effect back then and is still having an impact".

    Joey remarked how "Nelson Mandela isn't someone who is only remembered in death. He is remembered for things he did in life."


    Pupils at Skinners' Academy in Hackney have also been exploring one of Mr Mandela's famous quotes:

    "I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that, after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb. I have taken a moment here to rest, to steal a view of the glorious vista that surrounds me, to look back on the distance I have come. But I can only rest for a moment, for with freedom comes responsibilities, and I dare not linger, for my long walk is not ended."

    From today and continuing into next week, the school has started a box where students can leave messages about how Nelson Mandela has inspired them.

    Nelson Mandela and David Beckham

    Newsround has produced a round-up of some of the tributes to Nelson Mandela from world leaders and well-known faces, including David Beckham, Prime Minister David Cameron and The Duke of Cambridge.

    The website has also taken a look back at Nelson Mandela's life in pictures.


    More reaction from pupils in S5 at Bishopbriggs Academy in Glasgow.

    Scott said: "He was willing to die for his fellow man. I feel humbled to have lived at the same time he has. May he rest in peace."

    "A greater man could not have been lost; a truly tragic loss for humanity," Owen said.

    Calum described Mr Mandela as a "true inspiration, who was a beacon of hope for everyone in the world", while Farisai said his "legacy would live on".

    David and Kenneth said they are "extremely sad that he has passed".

    Sarah added: "Rest in peace, Mr Mandela. You will live on."


    Ms Amir, an English teacher from Whalley Range High School in Manchester, tells School Report she isn't surprised by the reaction from young people, commenting that "Mandela touched the hearts of millions".

    She explained: "It's beautiful to see that his memory will forever be ingrained in peoples' hearts and minds. A lot of our girls knew who he was because we are such a diverse school and we like to celebrate that. He's an important figure and his values are something we celebrate."


    David from Bishopbriggs Academy in Glasgow observed that "social media exploded with commemorative messages upon hearing the news".

    "Nelson Mandela was clearly an inspirational man and his death has provoked young people to really consider who he was and what he did. The fact that he went from imprisonment to becoming president, highlights the improvements in equality he made," he explained.

    Robyn said she had been inspired to find out more about Nelson Mandela and had bought his book.

    "Even though his heroic actions did not directly affect my way of living, his dedication is something anyone could admire. His death will go down in history and his life has changed the world and the inequality in it… the world has lost a true hero," she said.


    Reaction from teacher Sarah Worrall at Thorngrove School in Highclere:

    "With news of Nelson Mandela's death front page news it was only fitting to celebrate his life and his courageous acts by sharing his story with the pupils I teach. He was an inspiration to us all and he will continue to be so, even after death.

    "My English lessons today have been redirected and we have looked at his story as it has been depicted in the newspapers."


    Some more comments from students at Evelyn Grace Academy:

    "He helped alter the perceptions of millions of people around the world. He is a truly amazing person, to say he will be missed by many is an understatement," said Isiah, Year 10.

    Courtney, also in Year 10, said: "He may be gone now but we will never forget the 27 years he spent in jail to prove his point. We shall never forget the name, Nelson Mandela!"

    Ednei added: "Nelson Mandela was a hero. He was the son of the world. He fought hard for the freedom of his people. He will always remain in our hearts. My prayers go out to his loved ones. May god bless him!"


    A 12-year-old pupil from Glyn Derw High School in Cardiff has been sharing his heartfelt reflections on the death of South Africa's first black president.

    "Nelson Mandela was a great leader and an amazing tribute to his country, I feel really upset of the death of Nelson, he was cheered by a lot of people, I really thought Nelson was going to live until I was older. I really wanted to meet him.

    I feel sorry for America's president Barack Obama and our Prime Minister David Cameron who really were best friends with Nelson Mandela.

    He was an extraordinary man who was brave and faithful. He spent most of his life in prison because he was brave enough to fight for black people to be free. He will always be remembered in our lives for centuries to come but he will always be remembered in my heart."


    A message from all of the students at Eastwood High School in Scotland:

    "He was a honourable man who fought for equality and will be respected forever for his great courage and strength . Today is one of the saddest days in the history of the world and we will remember him forever . Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and the South African nation for the loss of a father, friend and one of the world's greatest leaders. RIP Nelson Mandela."


    The pupils at Evelyn Grace Academy in London have been discussing what Nelson Mandela means to them.

    Amandine, from Year 10, said: "Nelson Mandela was a great man. He had a great heart which allowed him to persevere, a great mind which allowed him to think fairly, and a great amount of courage which allowed him to speak his mind. May his messages continue to spread and his spirit stay great. Rest in peace."

    Teakilla, also from Year 10, added: "I think it is sad and such a shame to say goodbye to a great man. Nelson Mandela changed millions of lives. Really we shouldn't say goodbye, but hello to a new future and celebrate his great life of 95 years"


    1508: Further reaction from Marden High School:

    Fifteen-year-old Jessica said: "Nelson Mandela was a revolutionary man, who will never be forgotten and will always be loved. We will honour his legacy, and even in death he is uniting the world."

    Ceren, 15, said: "If I was ever to strive to be a particular person it would to be someone like Nelson Mandela, he was one of the most purest, truest people that ever lived. He has left a stamp on the world that will never be forgotten, in thousands of years to come, Nelson Mandela will still live in our hearts."

    Fourteen-year-old David commented: "Nelson Mandela's death is a very sad one as he was a particularly influential man, who changed the history of racial acceptance forever onwards. I feel Mandela's death has taken a chunk out of history.

    "For someone who was such a hero, I find it sad that his time came, but it was at a time of remembrance for him coinciding with the recent film about his life. Will there ever be someone like Nelson Mandela again?"

    Nelson Mandela

    Jack from the The Billericay School describes Nelson Mandela as "one of the greatest men to have ever graced the world".

    "A true leader and his legacy will never be forgotten. Nelson Mandela, a true hero."


    1503: Some 12-year-old Year 9 pupils from Prior's Field School in Godalming have been reflecting on Nelson Mandela after having a history lesson today about his life and what he achieved.

    "I think that Nelson Mandela was a very brave and inspirational man. He did something that no-one else had the courage to do and he never gave up," said one while another commented: "I find Nelson Mandela a very inspiring person. He bought peace and love to his country, he taught us how to forgive people and how to treat each other with respect."

    Two more pupils gave their views with one saying: "Nelson Mandela is inspirational and extremely brave as he sacrificed himself for his people and his country," and another commenting: "Nelson Mandela stood up for his people and his beliefs even with a low chance that it would work. I find this amazing, he has taught me to stand up for what I believe."

    Beth and Ellie from Whitley Academy Beth and Ellie from Whitley Academy compose their reflections on Nelson Mandela

    1502: Here is a photo of Beth and Ellie from Whitley Academy, whose reflections on Nelson Mandela were in this commentary at 1309. Teacher Minh Nguyen said she has been "amazed" at her School Reporters' "level of their maturity in thinking".


    1501: The comments and reaction from students continues to pour in.

    A 15-year-old student from Woolmer Hill School, Surrey said: "He was such a massive part of history, and he did what many people never thought to do. He's definitely a role model."

    A 16-year-old said: "Mandela was an inspirational man to many, and those 27 years in prison were not wasted; he still believed in what he thought was right, and it's a shame he had to pass."

    "He was inspirational as he changed South African history, and even though I wasn't around when he got out of prison, I still feel like he's part of our society," commented another 16-year-old.

    Two more students added: "We were shocked and didn't believe it - we found out on Facebook. He was such an inspirational person and everyone knows who he is. He never stopped fighting for his rights, even when he went to prison, and in his last few months he never gave up."

    Rachel, Stephanie, Ceren, Jessica and David from Marden High School Rachel, Stephanie, Ceren, Jessica and David from Marden High School in North Shields have been reflecting on Nelson Mandela's death

    1458: The School Report team at Marden High School in North Shields have reacted to the news of Nelson Mandela's death.

    Rachel, 15, said: "Nelson Mandela was one of the most inspirational men of our time. He continuously fought for racial harmony and the equality of black people throughout South Africa and changed the lives of many.

    "His determination to protect civilians from racial abuse and to abolish apartheid was admirable. Even when he suffered, he never gave up. Nelson Mandela made revolutionary advances towards racial harmony and will always be remembered as a great hero."

    Another 15-year-old, Stephanie, added: "Nelson Mandela's passing is very sad but it is also time to celebrate his life and his efforts - which changed a nation for the better.

    "He fought for the rights of every man, woman and child who suffered due to their race and his actions led to a revolution in the way people thought about themselves and about each other.

    "Although he has passed on from this world, both his actions and the man himself will be remembered and treasured for generations to come. His death is a great loss to this world, a shining light extinguished, and he will be missed."


    At Ricards Lodge High School in Wimbledon, Year 10 students have been reflecting on the life of Nelson Mandela during their PSHE lesson.

    "He is such an inspiration. 27 years in prison without giving up on his people inspires us all. He never gave up," said one pupil.

    Another student said: "We would all hope to follow his example" while a third said "He was and always will be a symbol of determination and freedom".

    The pupils in the class come from a diverse range of countries, including South Africa. The girls said their school is: "A truly multi-cultural, multi-ethnic school - we salute Madiba!"


    1447: Year 9 and 10 students at Guildford County School have been giving their reaction.

    "He was a beacon of hope to the people in South Africa and all round the world. He gave opportunities and freedom and has affected the world in so many ways."

    "He changed an entire country's unfair laws. If that's not something to admire, then I don't know what is."

    "I'm amazed at what Nelson Mandela achieved through non-violent means. Nowadays, a lot of protests are very violent and don't actually achieve anything. He stuck to his beliefs through 27 years of jail, and he is such an inspiration to us all."

    "The face of perseverance itself. The world will never forget you."


    Year 9 students at Colne Community School & College in Essex have continued to reflect on Nelson Mandela's legacy.

    Ollie described him as a man who had "united many", while George said he was "inspirational". Joseph and Maddy both commented that Mr Mandela never lost faith in what he was doing, with Joseph adding: "This is one of the most important lessons to learn."


    More reaction from Walworth Academy in London:

    Khalil described Mr Mandela as "a true cultural icon", adding: "He was one of the most influential people of all time. Without him many black politicians would not be in power today, like Barack Obama."

    Ismail, Year 9, added: "He was a good man who fought for his rights. He is a role model for many."


    At Walworth Academy in London, there has been an emotional reaction to the news of Mr Mandela's death. The students observed a minute's silence and discussed him during their PSHE tutor session.

    Year 8 pupil Hawa said: "When I found out that Nelson Mandela passed away I was in so much shock. He was a leader, a father and a husband. He was my hero."

    Danny, Year 9 , said he is "very emotional and upset. However, I am happy that his legacy will live on".

    "To me, Nelson Mandela may be gone in real life but his legacy will live on in our hearts. He has done many great things and he will be cherished," added Samuel, from Year 8.


    1425: Year 9 students at Fearns Community Sports College in Stacksteads, Lancashire have given their reaction to news.

    Jamie said: "It is tragic - a big loss to the world because he was such an inspiration," while Chris commented: "Everyone should mourn his passing as he was a true role model."

    Gaby said she "felt upset when I saw the news because he was a really great man," and Joe added: "He was an amazing person who stood up for the rights of black people in South Africa. He wasn't afraid to show what he believed in."


    Students at Tendring Enterprise Studio School have been sharing their thoughts on Nelson Mandela's passing:

    "He will be missed. He left his mark on the world; he changed black people's lives through his work for black rights."

    "It's sad that he died in my lifetime but I respect him for what he did."

    "The world wouldn't be the same if he hadn't achieved what he did."


    1412: More reflections from Kirkwall Grammar School:

    Chester, 14, said: "I feel he was a very kind and a forgiving man who didn't want revenge. He was a great man, who was for equality for everybody and had respect for everyone."

    Liam, 14, said: "A couple of the teachers have been talking about it, including our English teacher Dr Hall. He must have been a really strong person, he must have had a really strong character to keep by his word and not hold a grudge. It's a good policy!"


    More reaction from students at The Billericay School:

    Max: "A man who changed the way we view others and ourselves while uniting the world for the great cause of equality and respect. Nelson Mandela: Never Forgotten"

    Alfie: "Words cannot begin to describe Nelson Mandela and the legacy he leaves behind; he shaped the way we view race not only in South Africa but the rest of the world. I think the way he has sadly left us just takes us all back to remember how much of a true hero he was. "No one is born hating another person because of the colour of their skin, background or religion. People can be taught to hate and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to a human heart than the opposite" RIP Nelson Mandela, A true inspiration."

    Joe: "Nelson Mandela has always been a figure I looked up to, as a man who created great change in an era and place when it seemed impossible. I look at the world today with all its imperfections and I realise that changes can always be made, where inspiration and good will is around. We've lost a true legend. RIP."


    1405: At Colne Community School & College in Brightlingsea, Year 9 pupils have been learning about apartheid and discussing what life would have been like at the time. One student commented on the fact that if it wasn't for people like Nelson Mandela, we would live in a "much more brutal world".


    1359: We now have reaction from some 14-year-old students at Kirkwall Grammar School in the Orkneys.

    Owen, 14, said: "I found out [about his death] through social media. He seems like quite an amazing man - I think everyone thinks it's quite a shame, on Facebook and other social networking, it's pretty much everyone talking about it."

    Elsa, 14, said: "I really think he's an important guy and he made a change to South Africa and the whole world. I think his story is relevant to young people, people should know how great he was. He made everyone peaceful and happy in the end."


    1355: Year 8 School Reporters from Erith School in Bexley have also reacted to the news.

    Elaina said: "He was a great freedom fighter. He allowed black and white people to live side by side. Everybody knew about him - he was a very good man."

    Liam said: "Nelson Mandela was a man who stood up for what he believed in. He believed that black people were equal to white people and went to prison for that! When he got released he carried on - he inspired millions around the world."

    "Nelson Mandela fought for black people's rights and has sadly died at the age of 95. Rest in Peace," said Fryca.

    Ben said: "Nelson Mandela was a great man because he fought for black rights in South Africa, even though he spent 27 years in prison!"


    1351: Students at the Pool Hayes Arts and Community School in Walsall have sent us their reaction to the news.

    Max, 11, said: "A true inspiration - he taught us what and who we are - ONE!"

    Lewis, 11, commented: "A man that on his own changed the minds of millions, how can we not be inspired?"

    "I'm only young BUT I am fully aware of the struggles that Nelson Mandela went through so we can be united," said Nathan, 11.

    Finally, Ellie-Mae, 11, said: "No white has superiority over black, and no black has superiority over white - we are all brothers and sisters and part of a community - Nelson Mandela, RIP and thank you for your valuable lesson you taught us all."


    1348: A pupil from Maesteg School said: "I respected this man very much as he thought of everyone as equal, the world will not be the same without him but the history he has created will live forever."


    1345: The Year 10 School Report team at Bullers Wood School in Bromley have been covering Nelson Mandela's death.

    They said: "Today is a sad day because Nelson Mandela made a big impact on our lives and how countries are run around the world. He will be remembered for all the good things that he did to help not only South Africa but individuals too."

    Natalya, 14, said "This is a sad day. Mandela is a part of my history and I feel that I would not be doing the things I can today without people like him campaigning for black rights."

    Emily, 14, said: "He is very lucky to have lived such a long life and had so many stories to share with his family."

    Megan, 14, said: "Mandela will go down in history as someone who fought for what he believed in. He will never be forgotten.

    We were surprised to learn about the reasons behind his imprisonment today in our lessons, but we can understand the reasons behind what he did."


    One of the teachers at Tor Bank Special School in Belfast asked a pupil how he felt this morning after the death of Mr Mandela.

    "Nelson Mandela said 'there is only one race, the human race'. What a loss," he replied.


    1341: We have received a huge amount of reaction to the death of Nelson Mandela from students around the UK.

    This from some Year 9 pupils at Bartley Green School in Birmingham.

    "Nelson Mandela was a noble man," said Otis, while Kenya commented: "He was the best role model for young black kids like me."

    Tania said: "Mandela challenged politicians and made them see that they don't get it right all the time," and Matthew commented: "Who will take his place and do the type of things he did?"

    Nelson Mandela

    1338: Sufyaan, 13, from Acton High School has written a poem to mark Mr Mandela's death:

    Nelson Mandela

    Father, husband, friend and saviour to all

    Nelson Mandela pulled humanity out of the dark

    He saved the oppressed, being guided by his heart

    He had a dream, just like Martin Luther King,

    And his ideals were the same thing,


    Now he is deceased,

    But let him know that his followers have not decreased.


    1332: More reaction from Whalley Range School students:

    Arooj in Year 8, said: "He was such an inspirational person. People can still learn from him and follow in his footsteps. We need to carry on his legacy."

    Sarah, a Year 10 student, said: "Even though he has gone, his work and his soul will live on through the many people he has inspired and will carry on for many generations. He fought for what he believed in, and believed in a better world. He will never be forgotten."

    "RIP Nelson Mandela. He was a legend amongst legends. He stood up for his rights and his people and as a result spent 27 years incarcerated in a prison. He will go down in history for his greatness and will never be forgotten for his bravery and inspiration,". said Idman, a Year 10 student.


    1326: Whalley Range School in Manchester is commemorating Nelson Madela's memory through a whole school minute's silence and a tribute video that their media team have created.

    Quite a few of the students have been affected by his death and the following quotes are from them.

    Aya, Year 8, was quite passionate in her response and said: "He's a father, a husband and overall a truly great leader. Everyone is going to remember the difference he has made - he's a true pioneer for black people's rights.

    "People like me wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for people like Mandela fighting for our rights.'

    Maryan, another Year 8 student, said: "He's a true legend and he's proven if you fight for your rights, you can make a difference."


    1320: Pupils at Acton High School in Ealing have been sharing their thoughts on what lessons they take from the life of Nelson Mandela.

    "Nelson Mandela said that without education, you will not get anywhere in life, because education is the gateway to change your life and you must achieve. I agree!" said Walid, 14

    "Nelson Mandela's words are powerful to me and speak out in a way that is peaceful. He taught us that we should embrace our enemies and build good connections with other people," said Crystal, 15.

    Charlotte, 14, added: "To me, Nelson Mandela was someone who saw the world as it should be, not for what it is. He saw us all as equals."


    A short but sweet comment from Zack, 13, at Brentside High School: "The man who lived 95 years is gone but never forgotten."


    1309: Just in from School Reporters at Whitley Academy in Birmingham:

    "We were devastated that a hero had died. He will always be remembered in our hearts and many others whom he helped fight for their rights. Before Nelson Mandela, black people had no respect until Nelson stood up for their rights as human beings.

    "He was sent to jail, but continued to stay calm and has always believed in his rights" said Ellie, Beth and Wiki, all aged 11.

    Divya and Eleana, also aged 11, said: "We were so sad when we heard that Nelson Mandela had died. He was a normal human being who has changed the world forever. His name will be always be in the hall of fame and will be passed down to many generations to come.

    "We will always remember him and treasure the times that he has lived,"


    1304: Students at Highworth Grammar School for Girls have been considering in a general discussion what an impact Nelson Mandela has had on the world, and on civil rights. Some of the Year 12 students commented on how upsetting it was that "one of the most important and influential individuals of the 20th Century has left our world, but at least now he is truly free".


    Students at The Bridge Academy in Hackney have been vocal about their feelings on Nelson Mandela's death.

    Aaliyah, 13, said: "When I heard he'd died, I was really sad, because it felt like we lost a father and a legend."

    Conor said he had "tremendous respect" for Mr Mandela as he "dared to think differently". Esther added that he had shown "racism can never be condoned".

    Nelson Mandela statue at London's Royal Festival Hall People have been leaving flowers at the Nelson Mandela statue beside London's Royal Festival Hall

    1256: More from Brentside High School where Masa, 13, has written this acrostic poem:

    None of us would be like this without his struggles

    Everything he did was inspiring

    Leaving this world, he will be remembered

    Segregation is what he stopped

    Only Mandela could forgive and forget

    Not even Obama could take his place


    1251: More reaction from The Billericay School:

    Hollie, 15, said: "When Nelson Mandela was released from prison, people in South Africa feared he would want revenge, yet instead he wanted change. He wanted to be treated like a human being in his home country. He changed the way his country was run and he is one of the most influential people of the 20th century."

    George, 15, said: "I saw and will continue to see Nelson Mandela as a symbol of freedom and hope. He didn't believe in revenge towards his enemies, especially after his 27-year imprisonment. I hope that people will continue to follow his footsteps in the future as he is an inspirational figure."


    1249: Reaction from Year 13 pupils at Coopers' Company and Coborn School has come into us.

    Nick said: "He was a true inspiration to so many people around the world. He makes you think about things you can do in everyday life to help others."

    Tom commented: "He improved the lives of millions and his story will go on for so many future generations."

    "One quote I learnt in PE, that Nelson Mandela said, was: 'Sport has the power to change the world.' It definitely does but so did he and he will continue to do so through his inspirational story," said Dan.


    1248: Assemblies at The Billericay School in Essex focussed on Nelson Mandela's life and death today. Students are also discussing and sharing their thoughts in lessons throughout the day.

    Josh, 15, said: "On 5 December 2013 the world fell silent to respect one of the most influential names of the 20th century - Nelson Mandela. A symbol of the purest human values, of forgiveness and strength, this man through his willpower, fought for what he believed even though it took more than a quarter of his lifetime. His actions have inspired and will carry on inspiring leaders of all kind around the world."

    Calum, 16, said: "Nelson Mandela had a huge impact on society and what it is today. He gained respect from people of all races and generations, he fought for what he believed in. He is, and forever will be, an international icon."


    Brendan O'Donnell, teacher at Saint Columb's College in Londonderry-Derry, Northern Ireland, said: "I never met the man, but I did stand in his prison cell on Robben Island. In that moment I understood and will bring that with me to my own grave."

    The Coopers' Company and Coborn School

    1235: The union jack at the top of the drive at Coopers' Company and Coborn School in Upminster is flying at half mast out of respect for Nelson Mandela.

    The school held two special assemblies focusing on his life for Key Stage 3 and 4 pupils. Form tutors, and subject teachers, then discussed with sixth form students the outstanding impact he had on South Africa and indeed the world.

    The students are saddened at the passing of such a great leader but are also commenting on, and indeed inspired by, the movement he led to end apartheid in South Africa. His work, and great achievements, are definitely reverberating throughout the school.


    Andrew, a School Reporter at Wrenn School in Wellingborough, summed up his view on Nelson Mandela's death in six words:

    "My honest view? Loss of a legend," he said.


    1227: More Brentside School reaction has come in.

    Ruksar, 12, said: "His life was a remarkable journey from prison to president. He will be sorely missed."

    Trenae, also 12, said: "He is a hero to everyone no matter what colour they are."


    1225: Brentside School in Ealing have had a few classes working on the Nelson Mandela story this morning. Some Year 8 School Reporters have given us their reaction to the news of his death.

    Aya, 12, said: "Nelson Mandela was a true inspiration to everyone. He will always be remembered for his amazing speeches that spread ideas about courage, equality and forgiveness around the world. He is a hero in so many ways."

    Jack, 13, said: "He was an inspirational man who brought nations and people together worldwide."

    "Even though Nelson Mandela passed away he is still alive in our hearts," said Loretta, 12.


    1220: Redwood Secondary School told us that the theme of their Key Stage 4 assembly on Friday mornings for this half-term is anti-discrimination and equal opportunities. After hearing the news, they focused on a children's story book entitled 'My Journey to Freedom' which was bought in South Africa last year by the head teacher.

    He told the pupils the difference in his visit to South Africa in 1980 under the previous regime and now as the Rainbow Nation and the pupils said they found the talk interesting and obviously topical.


    1212: More students from Robert Clack School in Dagenham have been giving their reaction to the news of Nelson Mandela's death.

    Alex, 13, said: "My friend sent me a text message and another person called me and was crying. I feel quite sad about [his death] as he was a great figure and believed everyone was equal. I think he was beloved of all nations and his legacy should be carried on no matter what, because he carried on his dreams no matter what."

    Imany, 12, commented: "My auntie called me and I saw it on the news - I was just so shocked as although he was in his 90s it's still shocking. He lived the motto "never back down, no matter what". He's at peace now and his legacy will live on - he's not completely gone. We've been learning about him at school [talking about] our idols and people who make a difference - and he is one for me. He paved the way for a new society and a new way. His legacy and his goodness is still here."


    1159: The second BBC Learning Zone video is a 1990 interview with Nelson Mandela, shortly after his release from prison, at his Soweto home conducted by reporter James Robbins

    Nelson Mandela

    1157: The BBC Learning Zone have two clips of Nelson Mandela speaking in their Class Clips section.

    The first video is an interview from 1961 which took place while Mr Mandela was in hiding from the South African government.


    1148: More reaction from Bullers Wood School's School Reporters:

    Hannah, 16, said, "I have learnt a lot about a very great man today, it's a shame that it has taken his death for us as young people to find out about his life."

    Minty, 16, said: "Nelson Mandela made it more acceptable to be black and to be accepted."


    1146: School Reporters from Bullers Wood School in Chislehurst have been discussing the news of Nelson Mandela's death during their Friday morning school-wide PHSE class.

    Several members of staff changed their lesson plans to use this as a discussion point.

    Chloe, a Year 12 student, said, "I respect what he stood for. His ability to not give up until his voice was heard, whatever the consequence, was inspirational."


    More comment from Year 9 pupils at Finchley's Compton School.

    "It's upsetting that he died because he changed the world. If he didn't go to prison for black people, we wouldn't be where we are now," said Aiyana.

    Khadijah said: "It's quite sad considering he was a respected role model to the world. Everybody knows about him so it's a huge loss. It's like a part of the world has disappeared."

    "It was a huge part of history so it's a great shock. Even though he was ill I didn't think this would happen." said Lewis.


    "Nelson Mandela taught the world that everyone should be the same and that discrimination is wrong," said Tobi from Robert Clack School.


    1125: We have had more reaction from the School Reporters at Dagenham's Robert Clack School.

    "Nelson Mandela changed everyone's life in some way. If it wasn't for him many people wouldn't be alive today. He was an inspiration and his death was a shock to us all. He sacrificed himself for many people," said Jasmine.

    "Thank you for everything you have done, rest in peace. You might be gone but you'll never be forgotten." said Sarah.

    Liam said: "Today is a tragic day for the world. He will always be remembered for bringing black and white people together. Most of my friends are black and white. I'm glad we have the same rights."


    1119: Year 9 pupils at Compton School in Finchley have spent time in their English lesson today thinking about Nelson Mandela's life and death and they have been reacting to the news.

    Dillon said: "The world has lost a father. He took the world in his hands and changed things for the better."

    "He was an inspiration to many. He inspired people to be resilient in their beliefs," said Gabriella.

    Kofi said: ""He's been an influence on me, even though I never knew him. I can appreciate what he did for me, before me."

    Richard Branson meets Lincoln Castle Academy School Reporters Richard Branson told School Reporters from Lincoln Castle Academy of the impact that Nelson Mandela had made on his life

    1114: Earlier in the year Richard Branson told School Reporters from Lincoln Castle Academy that Mr Mandela had been his inspiration.


    1107: There has been more reaction from Robert Clack School's School Reporters.

    Sabihah said: "Nelson Mandela was a great person who changed everyone's lives. His death was a big shock to pupils in my school and I'm sure he will be remembered for many centuries for his sacrifices. He was a true hero. His legacy will live in our hearts."

    Pearl said: "Nelson Mandela taught me that we should forgive and forget what people have done to us and move on,"


    1101: School Reporters from Robert Clack School in Dagenham have also given their views.

    Alexandra said: "Nelson Mandela was a beloved figure, he fought against racism not only in South Africa but all over the world. I believe he was a brilliant leader and many of us may never be that brave. He left behind a great legacy that will carry on for generations. I hope I get to see the end of racism."

    Mary commented: "It is sad to know he has departed from us. However we will never forget all he has done for the world. He was an absolutely inspirational leader who taught us to forget hate and embrace love. I am happy to have lived in the same lifetime as this courageous man."


    1050: A 14-year-old pupil from Elizabeth Garrett Anderson School in Islington said: "His passing reminds us of someone who made a great change and impact not only in his country but the world. Whether you knew about him or not, everyone is somehow affected by this loss."

    A fellow pupil said: "He was an inspiration to this world and his legacy will remain in our hearts forever."


    1048: The death of Nelson Mandela has had a big impact on the UK's secondary school pupils. Students taking part in BBC News School Report have been giving their reaction to the news. Their comments will appear here.


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