Celebrating Nelson Mandela International Day!
For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains,
but to live in a way that respects an enhances
the freedom of others. – Nelson Mandela
Today, around the world, we are celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday. Mandela, known in South Africa by his beloved tribal name, “Madiba,” is one of the many heroes of a transformed South African nation and an international symbol of hope and inspiration.
Mandela Day was formally recognized by the United Nations General Assembly in 2009. Today, Mandela Day is an international movement of good pioneered by champions across the globe. The purpose of the movement is to follow Mr. Mandela’s example and inspire individuals to take action to make the world a better place, one small step at a time. “Everyone can help change the world. Each individual has the ability to make the world around him or her a better place. One small step, when you add them all together, can become a global movement for good,” he said.
Teach With Africa’s 20 Teacher Training Fellows will be celebrating Mandela Day today in South Africa with learners and staff at the 7 different school sites in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Mpumalanga, and Limpopo where they are volunteering their summer.
Please consider making a donation in honor of Mandela’s legacy to support Teach With Africa’s education exchange program between South Africa and the USA.