What do children know about the United Nations? If you’ve been to an elementary school classroom lately, you know the answer is “not much” (if anything). Given the value that the organization brings to the human race, that’s quite unfortunate.
The kids have voted! Here’s one of their favorite News-O-Matic articles from last week!
Happy Mandela Day! (published in News-O-Matic on Thursday, July 18, 2013)
One of the world’s greatest leaders turns 95 years old!
Nelson Mandela turns 95 years old today, and the world is coming together to celebrate! Mandela, South Africa’s first black president, spent 67 years helping his country. For all his hard work ending apartheid and fighting for equal rights, the United Nations declared July 18 “Mandela Day”!
Mandela Day encourages people to spend 67 minutes serving others, which is a minute for each year of Mandela’s activism. For example, bike riders in South Africa spent 67 minutes today cleaning the community streets. This morning, people across South Africa held hands for 67 seconds as a promise to make South Africa a better place. And children in Johannesburg, South Africa, created Mandela’s portrait entirely out of cupcakes! The tasty tribute required 15,000 cupcakes!
These events kept the Mandela Day spirit of giving alive. “It’s about doing what you can to make a difference,” said Sello Hatang of the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory to BusinessDay Live.
Mandela has been sick in the hospital for six weeks, but his family hopes he will come home soon. Zondwa, Mandela’s grandson, told Eyewitness News, “Our grandfather is old, but we know that he is a fighter.”
How will you spend Mandela Day to make the world a better place?
By Gilmarie Brioso
apartheid – system that kept black and white people apart and favored white people
activism – working for change
portrait –image of a person’s face
tribute –gift to show thanks
FACT: Children in South African schools started class on Mandela Day by singing “Happy Birthday” to Nelson Mandela.
ACT: Spend 67 minutes giving back! Read to someone or volunteer at a shelter!