Mandela Day

Mandela Day is an international observance celebrated each year on 18 July the day of Nelson Mandela’s birth in 1918.

Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid political leader who was convicted and imprisoned in 1962 and lived for 27 years in various prisons, most notably Robben Island. When Frederick Willem de Klerk became president of South Africa in 1989, he freed political prisoners, including Nelson Mandela. Mandela and de Klerk jointly won the 1993 Nobel Prize for Peace.

Mandela Day is not meant as a public holiday, but a day to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela and his values. The Nelson Mandela Goals are Education, Nutrition, Sanitation, Shelter, and Active Citizenship and the Mandeladay website offers educational resources and information about each of these goals.

The 2021 Mandela Day theme is #actionagainstpoverty

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