Limpopo universities partner with arts department to uphold oral history

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The Universities of Limpopo (UL) and Venda (Univen) in partnership with the Limpopo Department of Sport, Arts and Culture convened the 1st Limpopo Oral History Conference to promote oral history education as part of integrated basic education curriculum in Grade 10 

Held in Phalaborwa recently under the theme of “Memories and Memorialisation’’, the conference addressed notions of anniversaries and celebrations as narratives of memory, to  remember, re-position, and to recontextualise these texts into a historical discourse that shapes the citizen’s understanding of the past.

Scholars from various disciplines, through stimulating presentations, probed into the epochs of memory and critically reflected on a myriad of issues around struggle heroes, women and community struggles, indigenous knowledge systems, and human rights, among others.

MEC for Limpopo Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, Onicca Moloi said that most importantly, the conference gave children an opportunity to engage in a variety of educational and social activities. 

Moloi added that her department was prioritising oral history education and “to uphold it, we have to train learners on how to present and how to write proper research papers from an early age.”

She said the conference was a crucial starting point in readying the pupils as future leaders who would tackle challenges head-on. “These learners are required to conduct research as assignments and training them now is a lifetime achievement for both the government and institutions of higher learning,” she stated. 

Professor Sekgothe Mokgoatšana, from the Faculty of Humanities at UL said South Africans needed to appreciate their identity in attempts to comprehend the broad history of the country. “If you are born in South Africa and relocate to Europe or any other countries after birth, you will always remain a South African. A lifestyle cannot change who you are and where you come from.’’

Craftswomen from all around the province were invited to exhibit their work to the delegates. Cynthia Mnisi, an Organic Speaker, communicated an interesting story about how girls and boys were raised in the olden days. She said respect was one of the things that could restore people’s true identity in their various cultures.

Source: University of Limpopo

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