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“We learn about the Holocaust so that we can become more human, more gentle, more caring, more compassionate, valuing every person as being of infinite worth, so precious that we know such atrocities will never happen again and the world will be a more humane place.”
(Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus, Patron of the Cape Town Holocaust Centre, August 1999)

The South African Holocaust & Genocide Foundation offers educational programmes for Grade 9-12 learners.

The programmes provide curriculum support for History, Social Sciences and Life Orientatiion.
For more information on the National Education Curriculum, visit the National Department of Education's web site

History and Social Sciences

Grade. 9:
Content areas:

  • Human Rights issues during World War II
  • Issues of our time: xenophobia and the Rwandan genocide

Skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Working with evidence and sources
  • Issues of heritage study
  • Ability to synthesise and construct own interpretation based on evidence

Key issues:

  • Prejudice, choices and responsibility, racism, discrimination, dictatorships and democracy; xenophobia; consequences of bystander behaviour; valuing diversity; respect; Human Rights

Grade 11:
Content area:

  • The impact of pseudo-scientific racism and Social Darwinism on the of 19th and 20th Centuries, including the eugenics movement, on the ideas of ‘race’ and racism in Africa, the USA, Australia, Europe and in particular how this contributed to genocide in Nazi-Europe.

Skills:

  • Critical thinking
  • Working with evidence and sources
  • Issues of heritage study
  • Ability to synthesise and construct own interpretation based on evidence

Key issues:

  • Prejudice, choices and responsibility, racism, discrimination, dictatorships and democracy; xenophobia; consequences of bystander behaviour; valuing diversity; respect; Human Rights

Life Orientation, Grade 9-12:

Grade 9: Learning Outcomes 2 and 3: covering issues of social and personal development;
Grade 10-12: Learning Outcomes 1 and 2 : covering issues of personal well being, identity, citizenship education, Human Rights, personal manifestos of action, social justice

  • Languages
  • Skills: Ability to read texts critically
  • Areas: Stereotyping; propaganda

The programmes promote:

  • an understanding of Human Rights:

Learners explore, through a study of the Holocaust as a case study of Human Rights abuses, how to:

  • make responsible choices.
  • make a positive contribution to their community
  • develop as social activists
  • adopt a critical and constructive approach to contemporary issues, e.g xenophobia

The programmes are designed in consultation with their educators so that the particular needs of the learners are accommodated.

Would you like to bring your learners? Contact your Centre: Cape Town l Durban l Johannesburg

 



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