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Title:The 1976 Student Revolts and the Schools in Lebowa, 1970-1976
Author:Mathabatha, Sello
Periodical:South African Historical Journal
Geographic terms:South Africa
Subjects:Soweto uprising
secondary education
Ethnic and Race Relations
Politics and Government
Education and Oral Traditions
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
History and Exploration
Abstract:The 1976 Soweto student uprisings sent shockwaves through South Africa's society. Focusing on missionary, former missionary and specialized schools within the homeland of Lebowa and drawing mostly from interviews, this paper shows that the Soweto uprisings also had an impact on some Lebowa schools, especially schools in which Afrikaans was introduced as the medium of instruction, because of the inconsistency in the Lebowa government's implementation of language policy. The paper also acknowledges the fact that the lack of a common youth culture in many community schools in the homeland served to limit the impact of the 1976 student uprising on Lebowa. Furthermore, the continual changes of youth culture in the homeland fostered the development of a youth consciousness necessary for political mobilization. Tertiary institutions such as the University of the North also played a crucial role as a political catalyst in the region. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]