Apartheid and Me
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Apartheid and Me

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Fully illustrated, this book is a fun, easy read for children under 10 years of age, who might not have heard of Apartheid and for those who might not even know the word, especially for those who will be living with its negative repercussions in their lives for a long time to come, and wonder why.

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 parents and teachers.

The book is available in Spanish and French.

Print books are available directly from the author:

Apartheid and Me / Apartheid et Moi / El Apartheid y Yo

Translations

About the Author

Monica Clarke
Monica Clarke

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Monica Clarke was born into Apartheid in South Africa (SA), where for 25 years she was an activist for the liberation movement (ANC). She left SA as a refugee and was granted political asylum in the UK in the early 1980s.


Monica uses her experience to work with excluded communities worldwide, telling her story in classrooms, workplaces and boardrooms. 

 

Monica particularly enjoys presenting at Assemblies in schools

to support the Black History Curriculum

and to give children an opportunity

to question her directly about

what Apartheid South Africa was like.

 

She speaks English, Afrikaans and French.

        

In 2013 she founded I Protect Me, (IPM) an organisation which empowers women and children in South Africa to speak out and stand up against abuse. Watch.

A donation is made to

I Protect Me from each book sold.

 

See Monica's Blog where she writes mostly about human rights issues as a journalist with World Pulse, an international online resource for women.


See also LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube.




About the Contributors

Maureen Bocking
Maureen Bocking

Illustrator

Maureen Bocking has worked as a registered Art Therapist for over 20 years, facilitating the visual expression of people experiencing a wide range of physical and psychological conditions, particularly patients suffering from cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Now retired, Maureen enjoys being a grandmother in England, living part of her life in France.

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