In Primary, we began our exploration of Africa, with our first country being South Africa. We discussed environment, climate, wildlife, music, art, currency, and traditions. We don’t delve into issues of apartheid at this age, but we do say that there are people from all over the world who live in South Africa, and they didn’t always get along. We discuss Nelson Mandela, who was a great peacemaker, which dovetails nicely with our peace curriculum. Our curriculum celebrates our differences, encourages us to be kind, and teaches peaceful and respectful conflict resolution.
We were excited to welcome Andrew Offenburger, a professor of History at Miami who has done a great deal of research on South Africa. He has visited the country several times, and the children were excited to hear about his travels. Thank you for sharing your knowledge with us, Dr. Offenburger!