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Facing History and Ourselves South Africa

Facing History and Ourselves in
South Africa

The late Ahmed Kathrada speaking to teachers at Shikaya's Back to the Future Conference.

The late Ahmed Kathrada speaking to teachers at Shikaya's Back to the Future Conference.


People Make Choices.

Choices Make History.

Since 2003, we have been working with Facing History and Ourselves (USA) to support South African teachers to help young people understand how society is shaped by the choices of individuals, and the role that they can play in the creation of a culture that values human rights, diversity and peace.


Our long-standing partnership with Facing History and Ourselves empowers teachers and learners to think critically about history and to understand the impact of their choices. By examining case studies from Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, apartheid and the TRC and the United States Civill Rights Movement, students are exposed to questions of identity, inclusion versus exclusion and apathy versus activism.

Through engaging and rigorous classroom learning experiences, young people are guided to contribute towards building a more compassionate and democratic South Africa. 


Over 5 000 South African teachers have attended Facing History and Ourselves workshops. The partnership has supported them with resources, methodologies, on-line courses and continued opportunities to learn as a community of engaged and thoughtful teachers. 

Through their daily reach and the resources we have distributed to thousands of schools across South Africa, tens of thousand of young people have begun the journey of active democratic citizenship. 

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The next workshop


This workshop introduces Facing History's new resource, The Nanjing Atrocities: Crimes of War, which details the events unfolding in China and Japan in the years leading up to World War II in East Asia, and the Japanese occupation of the city of Nanjing, China, in 1937.

We will examine the choices individuals and groups make in the midst of war and issues of judgment and accountability during episodes of collective violence and in their aftermath.

This workshop is designed to introduce teachers to new content and methodologies that help young people to become more engaged, compassionate and global citizens. While this history is not directly in the school curriculum, History, English and Life Orientation teachers will find the methodologies useful and will explore ways of bringing this story into their teaching.

We have partnered with the South African Holocaust and Genocide Foundation for this workshop series.


Monday 22 January 2018 / Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre / 9am-3pm

Tuesday 23 January 2018 / Durban Holocaust Centre / 9am-3pm

Monday 29 January 2018 / Cape Town Holocaust Centre / 9am-3pm


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