Teaching about the Violent Past: Apartheid and Its Legacies

February 6, 2020
Apartheid and Its Legacies
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Teaching about the Violent Past: Apartheid and Its Legacies

How do we help young citizens to navigate the complex legacies of a violent past that have not been redressed? How do we prepare their teachers to do this work with confidence and compassion?

In this webinar, we will model how Facing History's pedagogical approach, content, and methods can be used to support teaching and learning about the violent past. Our partners in South Africa, Dylan Wray of Shikaya and Roy Hellenberg, an educator and school leader, will show you how they use Facing History to teach the history of Apartheid, its legacies, and South Africa’s transition to democracy. Participants will include Facing History educators and partners from around the world, including Colombia, Mexico, Northern Ireland, and South Africa.

Live captioning will be provided during this webinar taking place from 12–1 PM EST. If this time doesn’t work for your schedule, be sure to register and we’ll notify you once the recording is available on our On-Demand Learning Center. 


You will be eligible to receive one-hour of professional development credit for participation if you actively watch the webinar. At the conclusion of the webinar, you will be able to download a certificate of completion from the webinar console. Check with your school district in advance of the webinar to ensure that the professional development recertification credit is accepted.


About the Presenters: 


Roy Hellenberg

Roy obtained his degree and Higher Diploma in Education at UCT, majoring in History and Psychology as well as studying English and Anthropology. He has spent over 25 years as an educator and school leader in both under-resourced and well-resourced schools in South Africa.  An ongoing interest has been education in a post-conflict society and how it can be used to address the gross human rights violations of the past. He has attended and spoken at local, national, and international conferences on this topic. Since 2006, he has worked with Shikaya and Facing History and Ourselves in designing and running national teacher training programmes that focus on teaching methodologies that encourage the development of critical thinking and democratic debate with the purpose of growing young people who are compassionate, engaged, and active citizens. One aspect of this work has been running a whole school programme that addresses exclusion and discrimination at schools across South Africa entitled A School Where All Belong. He has also co-authored a book with Dylan Wray and Prof. Jonathan Jansen by the same name. He has also lectured 3rd and 4th year education students in Professional Ethics and Teachers as Reflective Practitioners. He currently holds the position of Executive Head at a private school in Johannesburg that comprises a pre-primary, primary and high school. He is the proud father of four children and the happy husband of one wife.


Dylan Wray

Dylan Wray is co-founder and director of Shikaya, a South Africa based non-profit that supports teachers and school leaders to ensure young people leave school thinking critically, and acting as compassionate, engaged, democratic citizens. Since 2005, in partnership with Facing History and Ourselves, Shikaya has trained over 10,000 teachers and reached over 1 million young people. Dylan works globally as a facilitator, materials developer, and author.

February 6, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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