THE NATIONAL NKOSI ALBERT LUTHULI YOUNG HISTORIANS’ AWARD

THE WESTERN CAPE TAKES DOUBLE GOLD AT THE NATIONAL NKOSI ALBERT LUTHULI YOUNG HISTORIANS’ AWARD

Dayyaan Edries, a Grade 10 learner from Vista Nova High School and his teacher Ms.Pertunia Mutheiwana, won the national Young Historians’ Award which was held at the Department of Basic Education in Pretoria on 29 September to 02 October

 

The national winners: teacher Ms. Pertunia Mutheiwana and learner Dayyaan Edries from Vista Nova High School

Sixty four Grade 8 – 11 Social Sciences/History learners and twelve teachers from eight provinces participated in the competition. This annual competition is an initiative of the national Department of Education’s contribution to the strengthening of History as a subject of choice in school, and is named after the first Nobel Peace laureate South of Sahara, Nkosi Albert John Luthuli, who apart from his fight for total emancipation of the oppressed, was also an educationist of note, having taken up his first teaching assignment at Adams College, where he completed his Higher Teacher’ Training Course.

Dayyaan’s research focuses on ‘A life story of a former activist in Bonteheuwel, who emulates the values of Oliver Thambo in addressing issues of non-racialism and socio-economic inequalities’. He interviewed Mr. Quentin Michaels from Bonteheuwel to highlight the impact he had in the Bonteheuwel community and verified the information by interviewing Mr.  Neville van der Rheede and Ms .Charlene Edum. Teachers are important role-players in this competition, as they guide the learners through the formal oral history research process. Ms. Pertunia Mutheiwana from Vista Nova High School presented how she introduced the process and the implementation plan of oral history to the learners. She explains that ‘as my learners hail from a special educational needs background, it has always been imperative to make them realise that disability is not an inability hence their chances of success in all spheres of life hinges on equality’.

The winning teacher, Ms. Pertunia Mutheiwana, the winning learner Dayyaan Edries, Minister of Basic Education Ms. Angie Motshekga and the provincial coordinator and Deputy Chief Education Specialist Social Sciences Ms. Noleen Dodgen

Ms. Dodgen concludes that ‘through the competition the learners and teachers are accessing the memory of ordinary citizens. History is not only about our heroes, but also about everyday people in our communities. Their names may not appear in the history books, but they have made an immense contribution to get us where we are today’.

Congratulations to both Dayyaan Edries and Ms. Pertunia Mutheiwana on their achievement.

 Compiled by: Noleen Dodgen, DCES: Social Sciences, GET Curriculum