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Nelson Mandela Day

#Mandela100 #BeTheLegacy

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2018 marks the centenary of the birth of the South African former president Nelson Mandela. This provides a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect
on his life and times and to promote his legacy.

The theme of this year’s Mandela Day "Be the Legacy".

The intention of the theme is to foreground characteristics and values for which Nelson Mandela was renowned across the world: Integrity, Passion, Freedom, Justice, Service, Transparency, Respect and Transformation.

The 100 year anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s birth is an opportunity to recommit ourselves to his principles and to build a better world that he envisioned.

What is Mandela Day?

Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Each year on 18 July we look back on what has been done, and forward to what will be done. Making every day a Mandela Day celebrates Madiba’s life and legacy in a sustainable way that will bring about enduring change.

"What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead." – Nelson Mandela

The University of the South Pacific (USP) is the premier provider of higher education in the South Pacific, and seeks to contribute to the public good of all its member countries, and more widely.  USP shares a common vision with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to bring about positive change in its region and globally.

USP is pleased to collaborate with the High Commission of the Republic of South Africa in Suva, to celebrate Mandela Day in 2018, with an event to be held from 17:30 on Wednesday 18 July, 2018, invitations will be issued closer to the date.


Student Essay Competition

Theme: "Be the Legacy". What do you do every day, in order to change the world for the better?


  1. The Nelson Mandela Day Essay Competition is open to all Year-13 students from Fiji.
  2. Essays addressing the theme must be submitted as a PDF file to the email address: mandeladay(at)usp.ac.fj by 17:00 (Fiji Standard Time) on Sunday 15 July, 2018. No late entries will be considered.
  3. Only one entry per student.
  4. Essays must not exceed 500 words, and will be checked for plagiarism.
  5. The judge’s decision shall be final, and no correspondence shall be entered into.


  1. First Prize: South Africa Sevens Rugby Jersey & Samsung Tablet Computer & FJ$150 data plan
  2. Second Price: Samsung Tablet Computer & FJ$150 data plan
  3. Third Prize: Samsung Smart Phone & FJ$150 data plan


The winner will be invited to attend the Nelson Mandela Day function, and make a 5-minute presentation on the evening of 18 July, 2018. All travel and accommodation costs will be provided for the winner and one guardian.


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