NELSON MANDELA DAY TAKE ACTION! INSPIRE CHANGE -JULY 18, 2020
In 2009, the United Nations General Assembly declared his birthday as Nelson Mandela International Day, a day not only to celebrate his legacy but to promote global peace, to encourage citizens worldwide to give back the way he has throughout his lifetime.
The theme for the programme is “Take action! Inspire Change!" This year’s celebration is dedicated to taking action against poverty, honouring Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.
About Nelson Mandela
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was born into the Madiba Clan in the village of Mvezo Eastern Cape South Africa. His mother was Nonqaphi Nosekeni and his father was Nkosi Mphakanyiswa Gadla Mandela, principal counsellor to the Acting King of the Thembu people, Jongintaba Dalindyebo.
He was an iconic figure that triumphed over South Africa's apartheid regime. A human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience and an international peacemaker. He was the country's first black head of state and the first elected in a fully representative democratic election from 1994-1999. He died December 5th, 2013 at the age of 95, survived by 3 children and 17 grandchildren.
This year, Riverside pupils decide to join the rest of the world to celebrate this day. Nursery pupils coloured pictures of Nelson Mandela and the South African flag. While pupils in the primary, presented poems, his autobiography and made posters highlighting his contributions to the world.