Mandela: Is named after Nelson Mandela. He is now seen as an advocate for Human Rights, freedom and peace. He campaigned for equal rights and an end to apartheid. He is famous for being held in captivity for 27 years and then becoming South Africa’s first Black President. He considered education to be very important and this is summarised by: “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Gandhi: Is named after the Indian activist Mahatma Gandhi. Gandhi led non-violent protests to improve the lives of poor people in India. He encouraged people to protest peacefully to change things they didn’t believe was fair. His approach is summarised in this quote: “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Pankhurst: Is named after Emmeline Pankhurst. She campaigned tirelessly to earn the right for women to vote. She founded a number of organisations, including Women’s Social and Political Union, whose members were referred to as ‘suffragettes’. As a result of her work, in 1918, women over 30 and property owners were given the right to vote. In 1928, the voting age for women was changed to match that of men. She died shortly afterwards.