Nelson Mandela International Day
Nelson Mandela International Day was launched on 18 July 2009 in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday via a unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call made by Nelson Mandela a year earlier for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices. He said “It is in your hands now”.
The day has become more than a celebration of the life and legacy of Madiba; it is now a global movement that honours his life’s work and a call to every person to actively change the world for the better.
The Wits Language School, participated in this call to action on Mandela Day under the education and literacy theme by teaching learners at Minerva Secondary School for 67 minutes and donated 256 books to help boosts the school’s library.
Head of Wits Language School, Dr Kim Wallmach, believes that is is essential to participant in initiatives like this. “It allows us not only to emulate and honour the great leader we loved so dearly, but also to serve our community and initiate positive change.“