Nelson Mandelas International Day

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Nelson MandelaÕs International Day

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, also known as Madiba, (1918-2013) was born in South Africa, where the apartheid ruled the country. But what´s apartheid? It was a system of racial segregation enforced by the National Party from 1948 to 1994. Black and white people were separated, in fact apartheid is an Afrikaan word meaning Òthe state of being apartÓ.

Mandela didnÕt agree at all with this kind of politics so he decided to make a change and become a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist.  Due to his ideas he was imprisoned for 27 years! Although, he was the first black President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 elected in a fully representative democratic election. His Government focused on dismantling the legacy of Apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality,  and fostering racial reconciliation.

In 2010, the General Assembly of the UN, decided that July 18 (when he was born), each year, would be Nelson Mandela´s International Day. The day remembers MandelaÕs achievements in working towards conflict resolution, democracy, human rights, peace, and reconciliation. It´s also a global call to action for people to recognise their ability to have a positive effect on others around them. Mandela´s day hopes to inspire people to embrace the values that he shared.

Many people and organisations around the world take part in many activities to promote Nelson Mandela´s Day. These activities include volunteering, sport, art, education, music and culture. Various events are also held on or around July 18 to honour Nelson MandelaÕs works and to promote the different projects that were inspired by MandelaÕs achievements.

As you see, pacific changes are always possible. It´s the power of believing on what you do.

By David Pulido Suarez

Student at CET Services

18 julio, 2015