Primary history and the curriculum: a South African perspective

Primary History article

By Gail Weldon, published 9th February 2009

Please note: this article pre-dates the current National Curriculum and some content and links may be outdated.

The issues surrounding the construction of a post-conflict history curriculum are complex. At its most basic level, the memory choice for a country emerging from mass violence is between remembering and forgetting, with the critical question being what should be done with the knowledge of the horrors of the past. The choices are even more complicated when the post-conflict society is one in which victims and perpetrators have to find a way of continuing to work and live together. Peace agreements that end conflict do not change the feelings of fear, mistrust and hostility that identity-based conflict creates. Recently Mamphele Ramphele wrote that in South Africa...

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