Students Get Important Lesson After Mandela Death

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CLEVELAND-- A Cleveland school recognized the passing of Nelson Mandela by slightly changing their curriculum so students could learn more about him.

"Nelson Mandela is a very important part of history and I believe that we should thank him like every day," said Allen Simon, an 11th grade student at the Horizon Science Academy.

Students at the Horizon Science Academy went online Friday to search for pictures and information about Mandela.

"He made an important impact on the world itself for us to be able to unite as a people and treat each other as people instead of based on color, religion and all of that; it's people themselves," said Edward Deleon, a student.

"I think what they are teaching us is important. I think they should teach us more especially in Black History Month," said Hannah Zak, a student.

Tobi Aderibigbe is originally from Nigeria and has lived in the U.S. for more than a year He says his family was shocked when they heard Mandela was gone.

"We are sad because a big hero left the world," Aderibigbe said.

"The passing of Nelson Mandela was much more important than any curriculum that I could ever come up with. A lot of my students, actually all of my students are too young to remember Nelson Mandela and anything that happened. These life events are so important and they need to be taught regardless what discipline you teach; no matter what you plan on doing, sometimes some things are a little bit more important than that," said Crystal Franklin, a science teacher at Horizon.

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