Nkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History Competition FAQ

The drum office, March 1955Drum Article, 1961. Source: Bailey’s African History Archive.

Q. Who was Albert Luthuli?

A. Chief Albert Luthuli was a humble teacher who rose to become head of the ANC and one of Africa's greatest sons. He fought for freedom, non-racialism, peace and democracy and was the continent's first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 1961.

Q. What is the Nkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History Competition?

A. The Nkosi Albert Luthuli Oral History Competition is a national competition that has taken place annually since 2006. The aim of the competition is to increase the interest in history and to encourage scholars throughout South Africa to engage with their shared history in addition to exploring their personal and community histories.  This project aims to acknowledge - in a significant way - the efforts of promising students and the dedication of their teachers. This is a joint project between the Department of Education, South African History Online and the South African History Archive (SAHA).

Q. Who can enter the competition?

A. Each year the competition is open to high school teachers and learners in Grades 8 to 11

Q. What is required?

A. Learners are expected to do two things for this competition:

    * Give an oral presentation or video documentary of his/her oral research to a panel of adjudicators (It is not intended to be a dramatic presentation nor poetry).

    * Prepare a portfolio in written form.

Portfolios must show evidence of research, analysis and argument. It is important that learners base their portfolios on oral history research.

Learners should interview more than one member of the community, or family member, preferably not a parent. They should include the following with their portfolios:

    * any relevant photographs

    * memorabilia or objects

    * documents relating to the individual's experiences.

    * a copy of the recording/s of interviews

    * a letter from the individual authorising release of materials for publication and use of the interview.

Q. How is the competition judged?

A. All the portfolios will be judged by a panel of experts and the best 50 portfolios from each region will then be sent to a national panel which will choose the nine best portfolios. The winning group of learners will be invited to a national workshop.

Q. What can you win?

A. The school from which the learner comes will receive video and other equipment to undertake further oral history projects OR vouchers for research items like books.

Q. What will happen to the best material?

A. The best portfolios will be digitised and published on SAHO website. If you are a winner and cannot find your project online please contact us. 

In addition, at the national workshop, film makers will shoot a short documentary on their subject. The documentary will be shown on a SABC Television channel.

Q. How can you enter?

A. All portfolios should be forwarded to the provincial co-ordinators.

Q. Where can I get further information?

A. For further information on the Albert Luthuli Young Historians' Competition please email: info@sahistory.org.za.

If you would like guidance on how to conduct oral history please refer to the ‘Aids & Resources’ section of the SAHO classroom. 

Last updated : 15-Nov-2011

This article was produced by South African History Online on 03-Oct-2011

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