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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We don’t share your credit card details with third-party sellers, and we don’t sell your information to others. We work closely with publishers and authors to ensure that we offer the best books on the market for your child. Naledi had never thought about it before tonight, but never, never, had she written about wanting to be…say, a doctor.

She married a man from Indian descent: their union would have been ”a crime” under the apartheid laws (I'm guessing like Trevor Noah's parents'). I read this to a year 6 class and they really enjoyed it, interested in exploring the history and learning about the issues that faced South Africa. It was only at university in Cape Town that I too really became aware of the inequalities we and generations before had to endure. Two kids see their little sister getting very ill but the lady who cares for them doesn't have money for a hospital. 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.The tale centers around siblings Naledi and Tiro's journey into Johannesburg to get their mother when their little sister falls ill. Published during the height of Apartheid in the mid-1980s, this book was banned in South Africa until 1990. It is a simple storyline however so much discussion can be held in the classroom, including the different relationships between the characters and life in South Africa. It has prompted some lively discussions as well as provided a strong platform for engaging literacy lessons and cross curricular activities for half a term. Through meeting Grace they learn about the struggle against the unfair system of the apartheid and the uprising of students against the treatment of black people.

After accidentally trying to board a whites-only bus, the siblings find the right bus and meet a young woman named Grace. 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. The fictional characters were very well described and the settings and scenes made you feel like you were really there.

This new edition of Beverley Naidoo's classic story includes a special "Why You'll Love This Book" introduction by Michael Rosen, the Children's Laureate. Their mother works far away in Johannesburg and their father died from a disease caught in the mines.

The author wanted to teach young children about the unacceptable policy of Apartheit that separated Africans from Caucasians purely by colour. Naledi and Tiro's family is so poor that they can't afford to go to the doctor when Dineo falls sick.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.



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