Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Nelson Mandela Centenary : Be the Legacy : resources for teachers

Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018
Be the Legacy

It matters not how strait the gate, 
      How charged with punishments the scroll, 
I am the master of my fate, 
      I am the captain of my soul. 

William Ernest Henley, Invictus

Nelson Mandela International Day 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela (18 July 1918). The Centenary is an occasion to reflect on his life and legacy, and to follow his call to “make of the world a better place.” 

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela

The Nelson Mandela Foundation is dedicating this year's Mandela Day to Action Against Poverty, honouring Nelson Mandela's leadership and devotion to fighting poverty and promoting social justice for all.

"Overcoming poverty is not a gesture of charity. It's an act of justice."

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela devoted his life to the service of humanity - as a human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa.


“I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons live together in harmony and with equal opportunities. It is an ideal which I hope to live for and to achieve."

Nelson Mandela

Literacy is one of Mandela's legacy. Literacy is the most important skill for an individual to acquire and develop. An empowerment tool that gives access to further education and new opportunities. And digital skills or digital literacy complete the education in our days, absolutely necessary in the XXI century jobs.
Students in Europe and some other continents are enjoying summer holidays. But Nelson Mandela Centenary can be include into school curriculum new back-to-school, in August or September.

There, teachers will invite students to take action and inspiring to Be the Legacy by celebrating a "Mandela Day at school, a Freedom racing or a Freedom Rugby match. Why not?

Include all the activities into a cross-curricular Civics projet.

credits: Elyx Yak

The official websites UN and Nelson Mandela Foundation have different  resources for teachers and educators.

On Nelson Mandela Foundation :

UN Mandela day:

Teachers must doo a pre-selection of all those resources preparing their lessons to the new back-to-school.

Level:  All levela 

The resources and activities will depend from the level educators are teaching.

Other resources: 

Film Invictus (2009) 

Invictus by Clint Eastwood based on the book by John Carlin

Clint Eastwood, 2009


Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.


Playing The Enemy
Nelson Mandela and The Game That Made a Nation
John Carlin


Beginning in a jail cell and ending in a rugby tournament- the true story of how the most inspiring charm offensive in history brought South Africa together. After being released from prison and winning South Africa’s first free election, Nelson Mandela presided over a country still deeply divided by fifty years of apartheid. His plan was ambitious if not far-fetched: use the national rugby team, the Springboks-long an embodiment of white-supremacist rule-to embody and engage a new South Africa as they prepared to host the 1995 World Cup. The string of wins that followed not only defied the odds, but capped Mandela’s miraculous effort to bring South Africans together again in a hard-won, enduring bond.

Level: High Junior Schools; Secondary education; Further education ( film & book)

The Prison Letters of Nelson Mandela
 Zamaswazi Dlamini-Mandela ((Foreword)
Sahm Venter (Editor)

The 250 prison letters selected, Mandela wrote most of these long, thoughtful pages in the knowledge that few were reaching their intended recipients: his wife, Winnie, his children, or old friends and comrades. The philosophy of “living in truth” is more readily associated. The letters were not a reflection of prison world, they were his escape from it.

 “As a prisoner doing hard labour, I am experiencing considerable difficulty in preparing to write four subjects in one examination, and any concession you can offer in this regard will give me a fair chance of showing competent knowledge in each subject I offer…”

Nelson Mandela, The Prison Letters

You can read the review of the book here

Level: Secondary education; Further education

Poem: Invictus by William Ernest Henley

It matters not how strait the gate, 
      How charged with punishments the scroll, 
I am the master of my fate, 
      I am the captain of my soul. 

William Ernest Henley, Invictus

The poem that inspired Nelson Mandela in his 27 years of prison can be read on Poetry Foundation here or eared (podcast) here

And students will learn more about the British poet William Ernest Henley.

Level: High Junior School; Secondary education; Further education

Mandela Doodle: 

In July 18, 2014, Google celebrated the anniversary of Mandela’s birth with an interactive Doodle. Starting with an illustration of the former leader, young students can click through a number of his most well-known quotes, coupled with illustrations depicting stages of his 'Long Walk to Freedom' by Doodler Katy Wu 

Video for kids:

App for kids:

Mandela – story and games

screenshot : Mandela – story and games
via Best Apps for Kids

“Mandela – story and games” was a picture book biography of Nelson Mandela, especially for kids/pupils, developed by digiSchool for free. An interesting app that has been retired. Each picture represented an important part of Mandela’s life, which were presented by a narrator.

However the video above could be include into primary school curriculum as suggestion to talk about Nelson Mandela - his values and resilience - to the kids in this Centenary year. 

It can be enriched by different activities that teachers must prepare, depending of the age or level they are teaching.

Level: (3rd and 4th grades).

Hope all these resources to celebrate Mandela Centenary could be helpful to my usual readers, teachers from different countries and continents.

"It is easy to break down and destroy. The heroes are those who make peace and build."

Nelson Mandela

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