Mandela Day (July 18th)

Nelson Mandela International Day
It was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly.

It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that “it is in your hands now”.

It is more than a celebration of Madiba’s life and legacy. It is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

Resources - Mandela Day
Download the toolkit for educators to help you activate your Mandela Day action at school. Teach pupils about Mandela Day and Nelson Mandela’s living legacy :

  • Mandela Day learner worksheet
  • Mandela Day posters
  • Mandela Day video
  • Nelson Mandela biography, timeline and family tree (for children)
  • Nelson Mandela colouring book
  • Mandela Day library for children
  • Mandela Day quiz.


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