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Nelson Mandela Centenary competition for schools 2018

2 February 2018

The Department of History at the University of Bristol, in partnership with Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA) and the Anti-Apartheid Movement Archives Committee, invites local schools to join us in celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.

Make a memorial to Nelson Mandela

A competition for schools will be launched in September 2018 and will run through October (Black History Month), culminating in a high-profile prize giving event at the University of Bristol in early November 2018.

Depending on levels of interest, we propose to award prizes in three age categories:

  • Upper Key Stage 2 students (Years 5-6)
  • Key Stage 3 students (Years 7-9)
  • Key Stage 4 & 5 students (Years 10-13)

Students can enter individually or as part of a group or whole class.

We encourage participants to learn about the life of Nelson Mandela. The competition judges will be especially interested in the story an entrant tells, and how students relate Nelson Mandela’s story, including his personal and political story, to their own lives. For example, this may involve exploration of links to local struggles for social justice that students are aware of today or the part played by international solidarity movements (including the role of Bristol’s anti-apartheid group) in ending apartheid and what lessons it has for us today.

We are keen to receive entries in a range of different media. For example, students could make a physical memorial such as a painting, drawing, wall-hanging, textile picture or bust, or they could create a photo essay about Nelson Mandela’s life or key moments within his political career.

How can my school get involved?

For full details about the competition, please read the Attached PDF Nelson Mandela Schools (PDF, 361kB)

We will be holding an initial information workshop for teachers on 4th July from 4.00 - 5.30pm in Room 2.25 at the School of Education, 35 Berkeley Square. If you would like to attend this event, or if you would like more information about the competition, please email Tom Prince (Widening Participation and Undergraduate Recruitment Officer) on

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