Nelson Mandela’s bodyguard speaks to Redbridge pupils

PUBLISHED: 13:37 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 13:37 19 November 2018

Chris Lubbe worked closely with Nelson Mandela. Picture: Ilford County High School

Chris Lubbe worked closely with Nelson Mandela. Picture: Ilford County High School


Many people’s day-to-day lives have been shaped by the work of Nelson Mandela in his battle for equality, but few can say they have worked alongside him on a day-to-day basis.

Pupils from Ilford County High school, Fremantle Road, and Oaks Park school, Oaks Lane, were able to find out what it was like under the apartheid, after meeting his bodyguard, Chris Lubbe, over video link.

The session was set up by Redbridge VC Development Group which has worked with more than 20 schools in Redbridge over the last five years to use HD video conference technology to connect to experts from all over the world.

Mr Lubbe said he was honoured to speak to Redbridge students and he shared the lessons he had learnt working with the former political prisoner and president of South Africa.

“Through the medium of technology and the sterling efforts of Mina Patel, executive director of video conferencing for Global Learning, I was able to speak to the students without leaving my home,” he said.

“My topic of discussion was about what life was like growing up in South Africa during apartheid and the lessons I learnt from Nelson Mandela.

“The students were very attentive and asked amazing questions after my talk.

“I believe that the students benefited immensely from the opportunity afforded by the video conference including an understanding of the effects of racial discrimination in today’s society.”

Mr Lubbe said he would “highly recommend” this approach to learning as it is a cost-effective means for schools to bring experts into the classroom whilst reducing the global carbon footprint.

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