Facing History and Ourselves:
Confronting Apartheid

Facing History and Ourselves: Confronting Apartheid

Through thorough historical analysis combined with the study of human behaviour, Facing History’s pedagogy heightens students’ understanding of racism, religious intolerance, and prejudice; increases students’ ability to relate the lessons of history and literature to their own lives; and promotes greater understanding of their roles and responsibilities in a democracy. To learn more about Facing History’s pedagogical approach, their resources and professional development opportunities for teachers visit their website.

Their Confronting Apartheid resource, most suitable for KS4 & KS5,  explores the period prior to, and during, European colonisation, the development of policies based on racial segregation, the apartheid state, anti-apartheid movements, the institutions, policies, and principles put in place to facilitate the development of a non-racial democracy, as well as both the growth of race rule and resistance to white rule. Included are:

  • An exploration of the themes of identity, membership, and belonging through the stories of individuals, communities, organisations, and institutions.
  • Consideration of human behaviour throughout this turbulent history, including examples of conformity, obedience, and perpetration, as well as resistance and the human consequences of violent victimisation
  • Examples of civic engagement at the national and communal leadership level
  • Examination of a nation’s work to redress and repair its violent past and its legacies in order to establish and nurture a democracy.
Access the Confronting Apartheid resource