Minister Motshekga also utilised the Budget Vote Speech to mobilise the nation in marking the Centenary Celebrations of President Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu, echoing President Cyril Ramaphosa sentiments during his inaugural State of the Nation Address: “We honour President Mandela and umama Sisulu in a year of change, a year of renewal, a year of hope. Through the Centenary Celebrations of their lives, we are not merely honouring the past, we are building the future – yes, a new dawn for South Africa”.
In light of the above, Minister Motshekga said the Department aims to phase in a new-look curriculum on History over seven years as Government intensifies its efforts to usher in radical economic transformation, adding that the curriculum needs to evolve to respond to current dynamics.
Minister Motshekga mentioned that a report of the task team that was established to look at making History compulsory would be released during Africa Month, and thereafter interested parties would be invited to provide input on the report through nationwide consultations in what will be a “festival of ideas” on what the History curriculum should look like.
“History is about history teaching, helping us with cohesion, with nation building, with redress, but also creating or teaching our kids about South Africa to enable us to have an African perspective, we don’t have a Eurocentric history in the context of Africa.”