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Albert Luthuli Young Historian’s Competition

“There remains before us the building of a new land, a home for men who are black, white, and brown, from the ruins of the old narrow groups, a synthesis of the rich cultural strains, which we have inherited. There remains to be achieved our integration with the rest of our continent. Somewhere ahead there beckons a civilisation, a culture, which will take its place in the parade of God's history beside other great human syntheses, Chinese, Egyptian, Jewish, European. It will not necessarily be all black, but it will be African.”

Chief Albert Luthuli: Let My People Go, 1962

The Competition: FAQ and a history

Standing at the Albert Luthuli bust

Q. Who was Albert Luthuli?
A. Chief Albert Luthuli was a humble teacher who rose to become head of the ANC and one of Africa's greatest sons. He fought for freedom, non-racialism, peace and democracy and was the continent's first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961.

Q. What is the Albert Luthuli Young Historian’s Prize?
It is a is a national oral history project to involve learners in reclaiming our past and honouring those who played a role in the struggle for freedom, non - racialism, non-sexism, and democracy.

Ms Naledi Pandor, National Minister of Education handing a prize to one of the winners

Q. Who can enter the competition?
A. The competition is open to Senior and FET learners and educators.

Q. What is required?
A. Learners are expected to do two things for this competition:

  • Give an oral presentation or video documentary of his/her oral research to a panel of adjudicators (It is not intended to be a dramatic presentation nor poetry).
  • Prepare a portfolio in written form.
Ms Naledi Pandor, National Minister of Education (centre) with some of the 2007 winners.

Portfolios must show evidence of research, analysis and argument. It is important that learners base their portfolios on oral history research.

Learners should interview more than one member of the community, or family member, preferably not a parent. They should include the following with their portfolios:

  • any relevant photographs
  • memorabilia or objects
  • documents relating to the individual's experiences.
  • a copy of the recording/s of interviews
  • a letter from the individual authorising release of materials for publication and use of the interview.

Q. How is the competition judged?
A. All the portfolios will be judged by a panel of experts and the best 50 portfolios from each region will then be sent to a national panel which will choose the nine best portfolios. The winning group of learners will be invited to a national workshop.

Q. What can you win?
A. The school from which the learner comes will receive video and other equipment to undertake further oral history projects.

Q. What will happen to the best material?
A. The best portfolios will be edited and published on SAHO website. The accompanying material will be photographed and uploaded.

At the national workshop, film makers will shoot a short documentary on their subject. The documentary will be shown on a SABC Television channel.

Q. How can you enter?
A. All portfolios should be forwarded to the provincial co-ordinators.

Q. Where can I get further information?
A. For further information on the Albert Luthuli Young Historians' Competition please email: info@sahistory.org.za. If you would like guidance on how to conduct oral history please click here. For lesson plans and content explanations for the new history curriculum go to the SAHO online classroom www.sahistory.org.za/classroom