2009 Competition Report
The Nkosi Albert Luthuli Young Historians Competition finals took place in Bloemfontein, at the University of the Free State from 24-26 September, 2009.
- Learners were divided into two groups with three adjudicators for each group. The following processes were followed:
- Learners and teachers submitted their portfolios before the commencement of each session.
- Adjudicators dedicated 10 minutes to discuss the teacher and learner portfolios after each presentation.
- Fifteen minutes was allocated to oral presentation.
- Adjudicators listened to both audio-visual and oral presentations.
- Adjudicators allocated time to ask participants questions on the research process, values learnt and other related questions.
- Adjudicators convened as a group after the last day of adjudication and discussed the results.
South African History on Line (SAHO) was represented on the adjudication panel by SAHO researcher, Jeeva Rajgopaul.
This is Jeeva’s report on the finals:
The adjudication process was quite intensive as learners made their presentations to the panel. The panel then scored the presenters according to criteria set out in the score sheet.
It was pleasing to note that the overall presentation level was high with learners using posters, PowerPoint and DVDs. It was clearly evident that the learners put in much effort, research, and use of oral history to produce work that impressed the adjudicators and the audience. The learners had to present their portfolios to the adjudication team for perusal and / or reference. The sterling role of teachers must also be acknowledged here, as was evident during the presentations.
Topics ranged from “unsung heroes and heroines”, “the history of my school”, “significant places of worship”, “refugees in South Africa” and “the history of sports/cultural groups”.
SAHO also made contributions and recommendations to the final adjudicators’ report that had to be submitted. From interactions with learners, educators and department of education officials, the role and contribution of SAHO to the Young Historians Competition is highly recognised and valued.
In her speech, at the Awards Gala Dinner on Friday evening, the guest of honour, the Deputy DG from the Department of Education, particularly singled out SAHO as an invaluable partner and was quite effusive in her praise of the work that SAHO is doing not only in relation the Competition but in promoting History and History Education as a whole.
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