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Qunu to get new school

Graça Machel says every South African child should be given the best education.

Former president Nelson Mandela's grandson, Mbuso Mandela (centre), with representatives from the Lyoness Child and Family Foundation in Qunu on Monday 16 July 2012. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

QUNU - Graça Machel on Monday said South African children should be given the best education regardless of where they live.

She made the call while speaking at the construction launch of No-Moscow Primary School in Qunu.

The construction precedes former president Nelson Mandela's birthday on Wednesday.

South Africa's first democratically elected president will be turning 94.

The construction of the school is expected to start in the next few months.

It was Madiba's grandson, Mbuso Mandela, who approached the Lyoness Child and Family Foundation for help.

The 21-year-old said he wanted to help because his friends, who live in the village, often complained about the building and limited resources.

Machel echoed his concerns.

Speaking to reporters, she emphasised the importance of education.

"It is really the best gift you can give to a child."

The new school will have seven classrooms and a library.

People across the globe will mark Mandela Day by doing good for 67 minutes on Wednesday.