Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

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Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

Journey to Jo'burg: A South African Story

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After going with a friend to a restaurant in Frankfurt, even though it was raining like crazy, it did not stop me from going to Oxfam, where I did behave: I only got this one book (1 euro).

I have loved reading this book and it has opened my eyes to how a powerful text can underpin half a term’s worth of cross curricular lessons. Certain that their sister needs a doctor, they decide to disobey their grandmother’s wishes and leave their small town to journey to Johannesburg where their mother works as a servant to get her help.From 1948–1994, South Africa made racial segregation the law of the land through a series of rules and regulations known as apartheid.

Everyone knows this and instinctively hides from the police, known for throwing people in jail ”just because”. After accidentally trying to board a whites-only bus, the siblings find the right bus and meet a young woman named Grace.Naledi (”Morning star” in the native language Tswana) and Tiro (”Hard work”) go on an adventure of about 300 km, a race against time and obstacles, during which they walk, hide, make friends, find their mom and go back home with her by train. The author wanted to teach young children about the unacceptable policy of Apartheit that separated Africans from Caucasians purely by colour.

All those lesson on writing letters…for jobs as servants…always writing how good they were at cooking, cleaning, washing, gardening…always ending with “Yours obediently.

Trading Address (Warehouse) Unit E, Vulcan Business Complex, Vulcan Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 3EB. Their mother is able to get time off, beginning the next day, to take her children home and help Dineo. The story highlights the dangers and adventures the children encounter along the way and the challenges they face in South Africa at the time. The wealth was all in the hands of the 'Whites', while the labour was done by the 'Blacks' who worked long hours for little pay and lived under apalling conditions. It could be used to link to PSHE or Citizenship to address bullying and racism, History to examine the apartheid and Geography for studying Africa.

It is a really simple and heartfelt story that contains powerful subject matter for children to explore and discuss in the classroom. The tale centers around siblings Naledi and Tiro's journey into Johannesburg to get their mother when their little sister falls ill. This would be a wonderful book to use to help students think globally about issues of power and class. They have to stay with their new friend for the night, then travel back with their mother the next day.Grace helps them find their mother’s workplace and offers them a place to spend the night in Soweto.

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