• Oral History Methodology

    We provide research training and support for learners interested in participating in the Department of Basic Education’s Nkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History Competition. This is a national competition for high school teachers and learners in Grades 8 to 11 and it has taken place annually since 2006.

    The competition aims to encourage learners throughout South Africa to engage with their shared history in addition to exploring their personal and community histories.  This project aims to acknowledge - in a significant way - the efforts of promising students and the dedication of their teachers.

    The competition is a joint project between the Department of Education, South African History Online and the South African History Archive (SAHA). SAHA is assisting with the digitisation of the projects submitted by learners and teachers.

    We also work with teachers to design special oral history and community projects that serve to contribute to the reconstruction of our collective memory of Apartheid and the struggle for freedom in South Africa.

    We can advise schools on oral history research projects for classrooms and community based exhibitions by school learners for school open days and awareness programmes.