It is better to lead from behind and to put others in front, especially when you celebrate victory, when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership.” 

The human rights lawyer, a prisoner of conscience, an international peacemaker and the first democratically elected president of a free South Africa (Nelson Mandela) who devoted his whole life to the service of humanity about a consecutive period of 67 years. 

International Nelson Mandela Day was declared by the United Nations Organisations (UNO) in November 2009, in recognition of the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela and his contributions to the culture of peace and freedom. 

Mandela Day is not meant as a public holiday, but as a day to honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela. 

The world is surrounded by too many pros and cons, and we would be more honoured if such a day can serve to bring people around the world together to fight poverty and promote peace, reconciliation and cultural diversity. 

In fact, it is a global movement to honour his life and act to transform the world for better. Each and every individual must heed the call of Nelson Mandela simply to do good to everyone every day, then we will be living Nelson Mandela’s legacy and create the prosperous county of our dreams. This is a symbolic day to honour a great statesman and make every day Mandela Day as it is observed to mark the 20 years of a free democratic South Africa. 

In fact, three rules that he followed throughout his life are unique sacrifices; free yourself, free others and serve everyone every day. The objective is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world. The question we must ask ourselves is, what we are doing to make the world a better place; what are we doing to make every day Mandela Day? It is a dynamic ever-changing day, that can occur every day, everywhere and at any time. We all have a responsibility as parents, as caregivers, as educators, as leaders and as citizens, to instil in individuals, children and communities, the critical drive for literacy and learning so that we can give them the chance to fulfil their dreams. And let’s lead through education. 

ZEESHAN NASIR,  

Turbat, September 29.