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2015-04-30 16:15

GR. 8 to gr. 11 learners across the Free State are called to participate in the 2015 iNkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History Competition.

The Free State Department of Education has appealed to gr. 8 to gr. 11 learners and teachers in the province to participate in the 2015 iNkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History Competition.

The competition, presented by the Basic Education Department, gives learners an opportunity to celebrate and review the progress made as a nation in building a better and more united South Africa and strengthening our democracy.

This year, learners are given topics relating to the commemoration of the Freedom Charter, which was drawn up 60 years ago by the struggle activists fighting against the apartheid regime.

Participants are encouraged to research the history of the heroes and heroines of the past within their locality and not concentrate on those whose efforts and contribution are already well-known.

The competition, inaugurated in 2005, is named after the late former president-general of theANC, Nobel Prize laureate, and educationist Albert John Luthuli.

Learners can choose one of the following topics:

Freedom, democracy and the history of my school: How my school experienced apartheid and the changes since the advent of democracy in 1994; Socio-political biography of a local hero or heroine in my community: What motivation did they find in the Freedom Charter; Life story of a former student leader in the 1980’s: How the idealism of the Freedom Charter guided them; Gender activist in my community who participated in the women’s unity movement of the 1980s: How ideals of the Freedom Charter sustained their struggle; and a Local hero or heroine who participated in the worker struggle of the 1980s: What did the maxim “ there shall be work and security” mean for the labour movement.

Interested learners must enter before the closing date on 29 April.

Free State winners (ten learners and two teachers) will represent the province nationally on 2 to 5 October this year.

) For more information participants can contact Moses Tsatsinyane, assistant director for Values in Education, at: 051-404-8678, 073-062-6527, fax: 086-609-8754 and e-mail: tsatsinm@edu.fs.gov.za

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