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Nelson Mandela International Day

18 July

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An event every year that begins at 12:00am on day 18 of July, repeating indefinitely

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18 July every year: On the great man’s birthday, a chance to do things to make the world a better place.

18 July is Nelson Mandela’s birthday, and in November 2009, the UN General Assembly declared 18 July Nelson Mandela International Day in recognition of the former South African President’s contribution to the culture of peace and freedom. It is a call to action for people everywhere to take responsibility for making the world a better place, one small step at a time, just as Nelson Mandela did.

You can find further information about the Day, and about Mandela’s life, on the UN’s Nelson Mandela International Day web pages and also on the Nelson Mandela Foundation website.

The BBC website has a profile of Mandela in its ‘historic figures’ section.

Filmclub has developed a set of teaching resources for Key Stages 3-5 (ages 11-16+). These include discussion points, film recommendations and activities for students to explore the life, challenges and culture of South Africa and its former President Nelson Mandela: Film Club Mandela Day resources.

Another great site to explore is the Nelson Mandela Digital Archive.

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