Title Just imagine …
History – My story or your story?
Apartheid, society and environment
Key to learning approaches
CA CB CS FW
classroom activities computer based computer supported fieldwork
Summary History is full of turning points. Particular opportunities and constraints do indeed change the course of history and shape the future. In this activity learners will read about some of the impacts of the establishment of the Dutch East India Company’s refreshment station, and later colony, at the Cape in the seventeenth century. They will then imagine what Cape Town might be like today if the Turks had not blocked the overland trade route between Asia and Europe – thus delaying the search for a sea route which European nations dominated for centuries.
Whether an event happened earlier today or three hundred years ago, two people recounting the same event will tell their stories
differently. Our personalities, lifestyles, backgrounds and life experiences shape our points of view. It is not surprising, therefore, that people from as diverse backgrounds as South Africans will interpret history differently. In this activity, learners will have a
c h a n c e t o r e w r i t e a n a s p e c t o f C a p e T o w n ’ s h i s t o r y f r o m t w o v e r different points of view. y
Racial policies of the South African government prior to 1994 had a significant impact on how the City of Cape Town developed. In this activity the learner will read about the development of the City of Cape Town and draw up a time line that summarises how significant events and policies during the 20th Century impacted on development. The learner will discuss how these developments set the scene for current environmental and social problems in the City, and consider whether or not political change has improved social and environmental conditions in the lowlands.
Activity CS CA
CS CB CA