An exploration of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2017 provides parents, learners and educators, regardless of what they teach, with the opportunity to explore the issues of reconciliation, transformation and justice that are so much a part of our education and national conversation today. But it also allows the young people in our classrooms to engage with issues of fairness, justice and forgiveness - issues that are central to much of what young people grapple with each day in our schools and communities.
What is the TRC?
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was a court-like body assembled in South Africa after the end of Apartheid. Anybody who felt they had been a victim of violence could come forward and be heard at the TRC. Perpetrators of violence could also give testimony and request amnesty from prosecution.
This session will address conscription. In South Africa, white society glorified the so-called "boys on the border," but few know what really happened in the war zone, and when the soldiers came back there was little understanding of their difficulties reintegrating with society.
This workshop is Part 4 of a 4-Part series of TRC workshops at Durban High School, a collaboration between DHS, Facing History and Ourselves, and Shikaya.