Apartheid and Me

Children's Book - Monica Clarke

Pages: 40

This book serves as a tool for parents and teachers to discuss the dangers of accepting oppressive social practices. It provides insight into Apartheid's harsh realities while emphasizing the importance of safeguarding human rights.

My motivation is clear: to use Nangamsa's relatable voice to convey the profound lessons of history. 'Nangamsa's Township Tales' is not just a story; it's a call to educate and ensure that the impact of discrimination and the importance of human rights resonate with generations to come.

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Nangamsa, who is 7 years old, lives with her grandmother in a township in South Africa during Apartheid. Her experience of ‘weird Apartheid,’ as she calls it, is told in her own words through conversations with her Ouma (grandmother).

Through her eyes and language readers, young and old, are introduced to concepts of racial classification and laws such as separate development (Group Areas Act); and prohibition of marriages between white and non-white (Mixed Marriages Act).

This book brings out the clear meaning ‘Apart-hate’, and gives parents and teachers an opportunity to discuss with primary school children the dangers of accepting social practices and laws which attack and erode human rights. It ends with a brief overview of Apartheid for the information of guardians.