Nelson Mandela

Honour the legacy of South Africa’s first black leader and help students to understand the system of apartheid that he fought to overcome.

Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black leader, died on 5 December 2013. Honour his legacy and help students to understand the system of apartheid that he fought to overcome. These resources explore the life of Mandela from his birth on 18 July 1918 to his incarceration in 1962 and his journey to become a global icon for peace and equality.

Nelson Mandela dies aged 95: Today's news, tomorrow's lesson

Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

A video for teachers and schools to use in assembly or as a class. Using photographs of Mandela and inspirational quotes, the clip provides a guide for students to think about how Mandela's character and actions established his position as a great world leader. As an extension Mandela's quotes provide a point for personal reflection for students.

Who was Nelson Mandela?


Nelson Mandela presentation
A simple and colourful biography of Nelson Mandela.

Nelson Mandela timeline activity
Ask students to organise key events in Nelson Mandela's life with this card-sort timeline.

Nelson Mandela resources and links
A child-friendly presentation and a collection of links about Nelson Mandela's life and the legacy he leaves behind.


Nelson Mandela, an overview
A wide-reaching overview of Nelson Mandela and the role he played in South Africa's history.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
This resources pack is connected to the film Long Walk to Freedom, which is based on Nelson Mandela's life.



Nelson Mandela assembly
This presentation is pack full of images and information about the life of Nelson Mandela.


Nelson Mandela and racism assembly
An interactive assembly, which explores the impact of racism and links to the activism of Nelson Mandela.

South Africa and apartheid


South Africa background
A bright fact-file of information about South Africa and apartheid.

World Cup background: Racism and apartheid
Information on apartheid in a presentation linked to the 2010 World Cup.

Nelson Mandela
This lesson explores moral questions about the system of apartheid, fighting for freedom, and what constitutes terrorism.


South Africa apartheid summary
An animated presentation on apartheid and those who opposed it.

Nothing's Changed
An exploration of the background to Tatamkhulu Afrika's poem, Nothing's Changed.

Nelson Mandela's first TV interview in 1961