History and Archaeology Report (November 2000) “The teaching of history is central to the promotion of human values, including that of tolerance. History is one of the memory systems that shape our values and morality, for it studies, records and diffuses knowledge of human failure and achievement over millennia”.
Mission To establish initiatives that will bring history researchers and scholars together to review, revise and (re)write history textbooks. To initiate activities that will resurrect interest in the study of history by young people
Funding Carnegie (R4,4 million) DoE (R4,173 million) TOTAL: R8,573 million
IMPLEMENTATION A national History and Heritage Schools’ Competition on Heritage Day, 24 September 2002 Launch of an annual History and Heritage Month in September 2002 A fully inclusive HistoryNet with relevant role players (http://education.pwv.gov.za/sahp)
Implementation (continued) A History of Apartheid on the 10 th anniversary of Freedom Day in April 2004 so that our children can never say “we did not know” Oral history workshops with school communities over the next three years Provincial Workshops: April / May 2002 (History Roundtables) An Inaugural National History Workshop: 14 – 16 June 2002
Establishment of a National History Teachers’ Networking Forum Evaluation: June 2003 and June 2004
Increased awareness of human rights and history in schools Important national historical events Important national biographies Highlights: 21 March; 27 April; 16 June; 09 August
Objectives of the South African History Project To encourage the recording of unwritten histories through the oral tradition. To create forums which discuss the nature of history and history teaching in schools and devise strategies on how it can be improved and strengthened. To undertake studies and initiate activities that will strengthen history teaching in the context of the development of the National Curriculum Statement.
Sub-projects Advocacy and Communication Educator Development Learning Support Materials Development Curriculum Development Oral History Research
Targets June 2003: Oversee and monitor training of 720 lead educators in country (provincial educators trained) October 2003: 21 600 educators trained January 2004: 1 080 lead educators trained (provincial educators trained) April 2004: 32 400 educators trained
Networking Partners to achieve aims IKS Projects (Dr Wally Serote) SADET (Road to Democracy Oral History Project) National Archives ABSAW Project Parliamentary Millennium Project South African Chapter of African Renaissance (SACAR) Youth Commission Human Rights Commission NRF CODESRIA Truth and Reconciliation Commission
SAHRA (relative stakeholders in Heritage sector) SABC Education Unions / Associations National Forum of Schools Governing Bodies
Thank you Enkosi kakhulu Dr June Bam CEO South African History Project