Our district has been at the forefront of the Nkosi Albert Luthulu awards over the last few years. Learners from the district have distinguished themselves under the tutelage of Bridget Tobin.
What is this award about? It is about recognising excellence in the field of oral history. Given our country's chequered past and skewed documented history, the project strives to get learners to document an experience from within their community that may otherwise be "lost" to posterity. They may also focus on a historical event.
The provincial preparatory workshop for the Nkosi Albert Luthuli Awards was held on Saturday, 3 August 2013 at Metropole South Education District.
A total of 50 learners, Curriculum Advisers and teachers discussed the topics for 2013 as listed:
The 100th anniversary of the 1913 Land Act, the Women's anti-pass resistance,
unsung Heros and Heroines in my local community and the history of their school or community.
The workshop focused on:
Topic Analysis, Preparing an interview guide, Mock interviews, Reflection and the
Saturday's audience included the 2012 National winner, Chandre and Runner-up, Luke. Both learners are currently in Grade 12 at Cedar High school. They shared their experiences and encouraged the learners to stay focused and persevere.
The learners were taken through their paces in preparation for the the Provincial event on 5 September and the National event from 20-23 September 2013.
This is an important activity. We need to encourage more learners to participate in it and build our cultural capital. Failure to do this will result in local stories from our various communities becoming nothing more than urban legends.
(Thanks Bridget and Noleen for elevating this project)