Nelson Mandela Day: 5 facts

nelson mandela day

Nelson Mandela Day: 5 facts


As primary school teachers, you have the unique opportunity to educate young minds about remarkable individuals who have left a permanent mark on the world. One such inspirational figure is Nelson Mandela, a global icon of freedom, justice, and equality. Nelson Mandela Day, celebrated on July 18th every year, provides a perfect occasion to introduce your pupils to this remarkable leader and his legacy. In this blog, we will explore the significance of Nelson Mandela Day and share five fascinating facts about the life and achievements of Nelson Mandela.


Fact 1: From prisoner to president

Nelson Mandela’s journey from prisoner to president is a testament to his unwavering commitment to justice and equality. Mandela spent 27 years in prison for his anti-apartheid activism before being released in 1990. In 1994, he became the first black President of South Africa, leading the nation towards reconciliation and social transformation.


Fact 2: A champion of equality

Throughout his life, Mandela fought tirelessly against apartheid, a system of racial segregation and discrimination in South Africa. He dedicated himself to the cause of equality, advocating for the rights of all individuals, regardless of their race or background. Mandela’s unwavering commitment to equality earned him international recognition and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993.


Fact 3: The power of forgiveness

One of the most remarkable aspects of Nelson Mandela’s character was his ability to forgive and reconcile. Despite enduring immense personal suffering, he chose a path of forgiveness and unity. He did this instead of seeking revenge or a cycle of violence. Mandela believed that forgiveness and understanding were essential for building a better future. He demonstrated this belief through his actions and leadership.


Fact 4: Education as empowerment

Nelson Mandela recognised the transformative power of education and its potential to uplift individuals and societies. He firmly believed that education was the key to breaking the chains of poverty and oppression. Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” His commitment to education led to the establishment of the Nelson Mandela Foundation, which continues to promote education, youth development, and social justice.


Fact 5: A global advocate

Nelson Mandela’s influence extended far beyond South Africa’s borders. He was a global advocate for peace, human rights, and social justice. Mandela used his international platform to address issues such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, and conflict resolution. His charisma, wisdom, and ability to inspire people from all walks of life made him an honourable figure worldwide.


Nelson Mandela’s life serves as a beacon of hope and inspiration for all of us, including young learners. Commemorate Nelson Mandela Day and share these five remarkable facts with your class. Instil in them the values of equality, forgiveness, and the power of education. Educate your pupils and honour his legacy by shaping their minds and preparing them to create a better, more inclusive future.


For more information and blogs, check out our black history month timeline here and how to embrace black history month in the classroom.

<a href="" target="_self">Amber Vaccianna</a>

Amber Vaccianna

Hope blog writer

13 July 2023

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