30 September 2016
2016 INKOSI ALBERT LUTHULI ORAL HISTORY PROGRAMME CELEBRATES HEROES AND HEROINES OF THE LIBERATION STRUGGLE
The 2016 edition of the iNkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History programme is back and this year will see the learners rub shoulders with the South African liberation stalwarts Sophie de Bryn and Mr Dan Sechaba Montsitsi. The theme for 2016 is aligned to the “Honouring our Heroes and heroines programme” of Freedom Park.
This year’s programme will be based on these centenary celebrations and is also taking place at an opportune time when South Africa commemorates the 60th centenary of the Women’s march, the 20th anniversary of the Constitution of South Africa and the 40th anniversary of the Youth Soweto Uprising. These centenary celebrations illuminate the role our local heroes and heroines in our communities who had been denied a platform on the historical radar to now find their voice through this oral history programme.
The iNkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History is a culmination of an enormous collective effort of the Department of Basic Education (DBE) and South African History Online (SAHO) which began in 2005. The learners, educators, district and provincial coordinators and adjudicators contributed tremendously in making the iNkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History competition a great success over the years.
The DBE has this programme as a way to sensitise the youth about the social ills and injustices of the past and the valuable lessons that can be drawn from this history. This programme also empowers learners in conducting oral history research, with an array of skills developed in the process which includes data collection, organisation of data, data analysis as well as report writing which prove valuable beyond your school years.
The programme creates an opportunity for learners not only to gain knowledge on the values shared within your community but also to afford them the opportunity to become catalysts of change within their communities. It also seeks not only to honour the liberation struggle heroes and heroines but also seeks to raise awareness and conscientise the nation about the country’s past and continue to build a united and non-racial society.
The iNkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History Programme is scheduled to take place from the 4th – 07 October 2016 with learners and educators presenting their projects in parallel sessions on the 05 October 2016 to 06 October 2016 at Freedom Park. Winners will be announced at an award winning and gala dinner ceremony on the evening of Thursday, 06 October 2016 at Freedom Park.
Enquiries: Basic Education: Balosang Sanki LEREFOLO - 082 836 8703
Freedom Park: Naomi Madima - 060 961 3851
ISSUED JOINTLY BY THE DEPARTMENT OF BASIC EDUCATION
AND FREEDOM PARK