Newspaper clipping – The Mercury – 4 September 2008
Oral history education applauded
By Latoya Newman
A leading American academic on Wednesday credited South Africa’s further education and training curriculum for being “far ahead of any other in the world” for its inclusion of all people.
Trevor Getz, a professor at the San Francisco University’s history
department, was hosting a workshop to help KwaZulu-Natal teachers and
curriculum advisers understand teaching oral history. He said the South
African curriculum had successfully reassessed the value of people’s
knowledge of the past.
Paul Teichmann, the curator of the Luthuli Museum in Groutville, on the
North Coast, where the workshop was held, said oral history was especially
important in this country, where history of many communities had been
Teachers at the workshop raised concerns that included their limited
knowledge of a method of teaching oral history and getting pupils motivated
about doing such projects. On addressing these concerns, Praveen Ram,
a curriculum adviser in the KZN education department, said: