Over our last sessions on South Africa, we watched and studied the South African national anthem video and then had a look at various documents on South Africa now.
The first one was composed of two pictures of the same beach, one of the pictures had been taken over the Apartheid years and the other was fairly recent. Whereas in the first one, there is an Apartheid sign and only a white man is going surfing, in the second one both black and white people are having a swim.
However, the second document, composed of 2006 figures, revealed that unemployment rates were still a lot higher for coloured people than white people and the last document, a cartoon on the 2010 football worldcup, pointed out the fact that there may still have been a lot more black homeless people in the streets than the government admitted.
Here is the video of the South African national anthem with the South African flag in the background.
We finished our sequence by studying the end of Apartheid and life in South Africa afterwards.
We first watched the 1990 BBC news report on the release of Mandela. The report is mostly based on extracts from Mandela's press conference when released and is shortly followed by the interview of a few white South Africans in the street.
Then we studied an excerpt from a novel entitled Dog Eat Dog which was written by a South African writer, Niq Mhlongo, in 2004. The extract is a first-person narrative which relates the narrator's experience of South Africa's first "free and fair elections" in 1994.
Here is the BBC achive video of the release of Nelson Mandela.
To finish the second part of our sequence on South Africa under Apartheid, we studied the poster and trailer of the film "The Color of Freedom". Based on a true story, the film relates the 27 years of Mandela's imprisonment and the bond which developped between him and his warder.
As an assessment, we had to read and study an extract from André Brink's novel A Dry White Season.
and the trailer.
In the middle of our second part on South Africa under Apartheid, we watched and studied the lyrics and video of the song Weeping which was released by the white band Bright Blue in 1987, that is right in the middle of the State of Emergency years.
Before studying the song, we had completed a webquest on the ANC and repression over the Apartheid years which had helped us find information about the ANC's campaign of civil desobedience, the Sharpeville massacre, the Soweto uprising and the State of Emergency.
Here is the original video of the song.
Over our following sessions, which were the most important of our sequence, we spent some time studying South Africa under the Apartheid regime.
First we worked on a few pictures and some figures from the Apartheid era. All of these documents shockingly revealed how segregation ruled everywhere in South Africa and how disproportionately blacks and whites were treated then.
Then we worked on the Freedom Charter and major Apartheid legislation to try and confront the two.
Over our first sessions, we did various activities to try and learn as much as possible on the history of South Africa.
First, we worked on a map of the African continent and we were surprised to find out that there were so many Commonwealth countries (ie former English colonies) there.
Then we did a quiz on the general history of South Africa. Among over things, we discovered that 25 million Africans were sold into slavery in the Americas from 1500 to 1850, that in the late 15th century, Portuguese navigators purchased slaves and agricultural produce from coastal middlemen in Nigeria and that the slaves had been captured further inland by African middlemen themselves.
After that, we went online to complete a webquest based on an interactive quiz. The webquest helped us find out information about the most important events in the history of South Africa and also about some of the countries' customs and issues. This webquest eventually enabled us to create a timeline on South African history.
Our first sequence, which we've just finished, was entitled "The Rainbow Nation" and it dealt with South Africa and Apartheid.