International Nelson Mandela Day

 Every year on July 18th we celebrate Nelson Mandela International Day to highlight the legacy of a man who changed the 20th century. Himalai IAS Coaching Centre in Bangalore spread awareness about social responsibility current events for the civil service exams like IAS exams, KAS exams, IES exams, and other competitive exams.

  • Nelson Mandela International Day 2019 is the day for all to renew with the values that inspired Nelson Mandela who was a great statesman, a fierce advocate for equality, the founding father of peace in South Africa.
  • Nelson Mandela Day 2019 marks the 10th year of global support and has launched a new Mandela Day strategy namely; Mandela Day: The Next Chapter, to mark the tenth anniversary of the initiative.
  • Nelson Mandela International Day 2019 aims to focus in upcoming years 2019-2029 on areas of education and literacy, food and nutrition, shelter, sanitation and active citizenship.
  • On Nelson Mandela International Day people spend  67 minutes doing something good for others, which represents the 67 years he spent working toward change.
  • Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 on 18th July marked as the 100th year since the birth of Nelson Mandela.
  • UN General Assembly declared Nelson Mandela International Day with an Informal meeting in November 2009 on his birthday 18th July and first United Nation Mandela Day was celebrated on 18th July 2010. However, some other groups began celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009.
  • On Nelson Mandela, International Day celebrates a campaign “46664” in reference to Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison number. The aim of the campaign is to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS. This campaign also supports Nelson Mandela’s charitable organization.
  • Nelson Mandela was considered as the Father of Modern South Africa.

Facts about Nelson Mandela Education, Work, and Achievements

  • On 18th July, Nelson Mandela was born in Transkei, South Africa in 1918. He is one of the most well-known anti-apartheid activists in South Africa. 
  • Mandela studied law in school and became one of South Africa’s first black lawyers.
  • He was elected as the leader of the youth wing of the African National Congress (ANC) liberation movement, in 1950.
  • Nelson Mandela was imprisoned in 1963 for leading the liberation movement against apartheid and for his stance on the human right to live in freedom.
  • Nelson Mandela’s prisoner number was 466 and the year was 1963 when he was imprisoned on Robben Island, off Cape Town in South Africa. 
  • The Robben Island prisoners were never referred prisoners by their names, but rather by their numbers and year of imprisonment, hence 4664 was Nelson Mandela’s number. In reference to that number, a campaign is also made to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS.
  • In 1990, he was released from the jail and it fed political debates in the country and contributed to South Africa’s transition towards a multi-racial democracy.
  • Nelson Mandela continued addressing racial issues in his country after his release and supported reconciliation initiatives.
  • In 1994 his effort brought the result as in becoming elected as South Africa’s President and remained as President until 1999.
  • Nelson Mandela was the first black president of South Africa and the first president to be elected in a fully representative election.
  • He won the Nobel Peace Prize with another former South African president Frederik Willem de Klerk, in 1993. 
  • In 2019, Nelson Mandela formed a group of global leaders who offer their influence and experience to support peacebuilding, help address major human suffering causes and promote the shared interests of humanity.
  • Nelson Mandela shows the power of resisting oppression, of dignity over humiliation, of justice over inequality, of forgiveness over hatred. 
  • Nelson Mandela was honored as the Goodwill Ambassador by UNESCO in order to build societies where every woman and man can live together in diversity and respect.
  • International Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated to honor those who fought and continue to fight for freedom, dignity and human rights.


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