Title: Understanding Apartheid
Author: Apartheid Museum
Publisher: Oxford Publishers
Reviewer: Ayanda Sishi
Understanding Apartheid is a textbook that caters for history and human social science subjects.
It can also be used as a study guide for pupils in grades 9, 11 and 12. This is great because schools don't have to buy different textbooks for different grades. This adds on to the versatility of the book.
The book covers various areas in the history curriculum. The activities in the book are self-explanatory and can be easily used to study for exams.
It also teaches students skills such as reading, understanding and essay writing. These are essential to master in subjects such as history and human social sciences.
Words that may be difficult to understand are explained in separate boxes. These word boxes give a clear understanding of each word in the context that it is used. In this way the pupil's vocabulary is widened with each new section.
The sources used in the book are easy to understand and cater for all grades. There are some explicit sources in the book which might be hard to take in and not suitable for primary school children.
The book gives a clear understanding and sets the record straight when it comes to apartheid. But it is also biased because it excludes the origin of Afrikaner nationalism and apartheid under British rule.
The learning outcomes are stated in each section and give an understanding of what is to be expected.
The different implementation of apartheid is also explained in the form of Acts which were laws passed. Each of these Acts is explained in great detail, which makes it easier on the pupil because the information is there.
There are quotes from different leaders in the apartheid era which explain to the pupil their views on apartheid and why they thought it was good or bad.
The book also corrects the misconception that pupils of this generation have - that the ANC is the only party that fought against apartheid.
It clearly explains to pupils that parties such as the PAC and the SACP also had a hand in the struggle for freedom.
It highlights the role of leaders like Stephen Bantu Biko, the founder of the Black Consciousness Movement.
It is a great book and should be on every school's shelves.