UNIVERSITY OF FORT HARE

UNIVERSITY LIBRARY

ANC ARCHIVES

SOLOMON MAHLANGU FREEDOM COLLEGE

NURSERY SCHOOL , (Code: SNu)

 

RECORDS, 1973 – 1990

(bulk dates, 1985 – 1989)

2 Boxes (.2 linear meters)

ACQUISITION: ANC Archive Committee

ACCESS: The collection is open

PHOTOGRAPHS: None

VISUAL MATERIAL: None

AUDIO MATERIAL: None

PRINTED MATERIAL: None

COPYRIGHT: ANC Archive Committee

PROCESSED BY: Reprocessing: arrangement and description done by Mosoabuli Maamoe, August 1999

REVISED BY: Africa Media Online (Kulu Mushaka), October 2017

 

 

Historical background on SOMAFCO Nursery School

The ANC Nursery School was started in October 1980 in Morogoro in renovated garage. It began with 18 children and 8 staff members. There was only one classroom, which made proper organization of activities difficult. On 18th May 1981, the Nursery School moved into renovated premises in Mazimbu, which were shared with the Primary School. There were 4 rooms for the Nursery School as well as shared facilities: common room, kitchen, toilets and playground. This was a move for the better then; though later this became inadequate as the number of children increased. The teaching staff was drawn from the ANC (Mpho, Nonkululeko Gqabi and Thandie Mthembu) and volunteers (Fieke, Martins and Jutte) from abroad. As the struggle escalated in South Africa and more leaving the country into exile, there were more challenges the Nursery School was faced with: the growth of children’s population and the shortage of teachers. New facilities were put in place to cope with such challenges: additional accommodation for the children and the recruitment of more staff members.

 

Scope and Content Note

The SOMAFCO Nursery School is composed of .2 linear metres and one series: Subject Files. It spans the years 1973-1990. This series reflects affairs that were affecting the lives of the children of the ANC members. These were children born in exile and those who came from South Africa with their parents. Some of these children were left into the care of the College while their parents were out in missions of the ANC or had no parents because of atrocities caused to them by the Apartheid regime. However, the series contains the information about ways and means that these young people were looked after by the College authorities.

 

 

Series I – Subject Files

 

Box 0001
0001. ANC Education Policy, 1986
0002. Advisory Plamring Council (APC), 1985-1986
0003. Aims of the school
0004. Babette Brown’s reports, 1982-1987
0005. Curricula, 1985
0006. Dumasi, Jane documents
0007. Education in multicultural society (empty)
0008. Exercise book
0009. Excursions, 1986-1987
0010. Individuals’ particulars, 1985-1990
0011. Mussagy, Farida, 1983-1991
0012. Pre-school Training course: Mindolo Ecumenical Fondation, 1983-1989

 

 

Series II – Papers

 

Box 0002
0001. ANC Dept. of Education, 1986-1989:  Alternative education
Child Care at Mazimbu
Education against apartheid Education and child development Education crisis and apartheid Perspective of ANC on education SOWETO Parent’s Crisis Committee Statement on education; S. Choabe
0002. Prograrnmes,1985, 1987
0003. Proposal on Nursery School, 1982,1984
0004. Seminars,192, 1987, 1989
0005. Staff forms
0006. Survey of schools
0007. Syllabus, 1982-1985
0008. Teachers’ requests, 1982
0009. Tickly, Mohammed, 1980-1990
0010. Press cuttings, 1980.