Nelson Mandela International Daypublished: July 18, 2013
Nelson Mandela was born on the 18th July, 1918, in the village of Mvezo in Umtatu, a part of South Africa’s Cape Province. Every year since 2009 the date has been held in celebration of his life and his achievement — an annual international day in honour of the anti-apartheid leader that changed the course of South Africa. This year, Nelson Mandela will spend his 95th birthday in a hospital in Pretoria.
On the occasion of Nelson Mandela International Day, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO has said “On Nelson Mandela International Day, I join women and men across the world in honouring a man whose strength, vision and magnanimity changed South Africa and the course of the 20th century. A UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador since 2005, Nelson Mandela once said that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The life of Nelson Mandela is an education to us all – an example of perseverance in overcoming adversity, of courage in braving the steepest challenges, of moral clarity in promoting reconciliation and peace.”
Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years.