“When a man has done what he considers to be his duty to his people and his country, he can rest in peace. I believe I have made that effort and that is, therefore, why I will sleep for the eternity.” ~ Nelson Mandela~
Mandela was and will always remain a true depiction of self-sacrifice and a blessing to human kind. His legacy lives on from age group to age group. He was a symbol of unlimited unity that has no race and shares one common good, a human kind.
Acknowledging on his great efforts, every year on his birthday, United Nations joins a call with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to devote 67 minutes of time to helping others as a way of honouring his good deeds throughout the world and encouraging individuals, communities, governments and non-profit organisations to take one small step towards the larger leap of making a positive imprint.
Nelson Mandela International Day was inspired by Nelson Mandela’s call, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said that ‘it is in your hands now’. It is more than a celebration of Nelson’s life and legacy; it is a global movement to honour his life’s work and act to change the world for the better. In fact, it is a reminder for all that every person in the world can make a difference, no matter how big or small their contribution.
As the world reflects on Nelson Mandela’s legacy, we at the World Assembly of Youth (WAY), give tribute for his life, his leadership, his devotion to humanity and humanitarian causes. We believe that Nelson Mandela Day is not only celebrating Nelson Mandela’s life, but it is also a global call to action for people to recognise their ability and responsibility to have a positive effect on others around them.
We seek to instigate and support young people to embrace the values that Mandela shared which include democracy, freedom, equality, diversity, reconciliation, and respect. We believe that as the largest portion of the population, any changes starts from young people will certainly bring productive result to the society and to the world.
Let us give the little of our time to make a change that is close to your heart by giving a little of your time to make a difference for the betterment of someone else’s life. We can start today amongst our surroundings from the smallest thing.