Remembering Nelson Mandela

Resources, teaching ideas and video clips to mark the anniversary of Nelson Mandela's death on 5 December

Magda Wood

Remembering Nelson Mandela, Teaching Resources & Ideas

Pay tribute to Nelson Mandela on the anniversary of his death with these resources, ideas and video clips

It's been three years since the death of South Africa's first black leader, Nelson Mandela. This anniversary offers teachers across the world the opportunity to honour his legacy by helping students to understand the system of apartheid that he fought to overcome.

We've brought together some of the best resources to explore the life of Mandela from his birth on 18 July 1918 to his incarceration in 1962, as well as track his journey in becoming a global icon for peace and equality.

Resources inspiration

Alterntively, use the video above as a starting point for an assembly or in a lesson. Using photographs and inspirational quotes, the three-minute 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, why not use the quotes to encourage learners to reflect on their own lives?

Spotlight on a TES Author

MissRathor is a secondary English teacher who also works across history. Her teaching materials have been downloaded over 2.4 million times and include this set of 16 individual resources on Apartheid in South Africa and Nelson Mandela's legacy.  

Originally devised for a controlled assessment project, the materials remain useful and relevant when studying the end of Apartheid and the notable people and organisations that changed history in South Africa.

For related resources, take a look at October's Black History Month blog post.