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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For example, at the very beginning of the story, Naledi and Tiro decide that because they would get in trouble for asking for money to pay for a telegram, they should walk to Johannesburg, a city over 300 kilometers away. Naledi had never thought about it before tonight, but never, never, had she written about wanting to be…say, a doctor. She plans to find others who share her anger at the way things are and work hard to fulfill her dream: to grow up and be a doctor.

Now Beverley Naido herself was born and raised in South Africa (in 1943), and yes, the author has readily admitted never having been taught to question Apartheid (and the general racial intolerance towards Black South Africans) either in school or at home. Reading the class reader for year 6, this is a good book to start the conversation on what segregation is and to help kids to be deeper thinkers - i think the teacher says for them to be introspective. So yes, first and foremost Naidoo's story for Journey to Jo'burg (young middle grade and in my opinion textually suitable for readers from about the age of eight to ten or eleven) presents a basic but also intensely realistic introduction to South Africa and its horrid, inhumane and racist police of Apartheid, of segregation, showing clearly, simply and without graphic violence (although the latter is often alluded to and briefly pointed out) the horror, the all encompassing injustice of the latter and South Africa’s emerging fight for racial equality (and that not all Black South Africans are following the dictatorial rules of the Afrikaners' elitist government).The children learn about Grace's brother, Dumi, who was arrested for protesting, or speaking out against, apartheid. Trading Address (Warehouse) Unit E, Vulcan Business Complex, Vulcan Road, Leicester, Leicestershire, LE5 3EB.

It might be hard, at first, for them to keep the characters straight, since I even struggled with that as an adult. Although most children have not lived long, if ever, in the country if their family's origin, they may feel a connection to it. I would not really recommend the children to read it independently as they will probably would not understand what is going on, without understand the Apartheid. This would be a wonderful book to use to help students think globally about issues of power and class. Their journey illustrates at every turn the grim realities of apartheid – the pass laws, bantustans, racism, the breakdown of family life.Beverley Naidoo (a white child) got a vaccine against diphteria, the children of the woman helping her family did not get this chance. We were able to complete a number of activities relating to the book such as, writing a diary entry as if they were Naledi, thinking of different items they could take on their journey and doing a conscience alley and role play by giving advice on whether Naledi and Tiro should go.

Naidoo sent this book to family in South Africa, the book was forbidden (”undesirable publication”).

Published during the height of Apartheid in the mid-1980s, this book was banned in South Africa until 1990. She does not like being away from her children but must work in Johannesburg to provide money for food, clothing and an education after their father died. Naidoo has a history of standing up for equal rights and speaking out against apartheid, and that's wonderful, of course, but I still don't know how I feel about white people writing stories for PoC. So they set off from their village and travel to Jo'burg, determined to bring their mother back to care for their baby sister.



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