SACHL participants in South Africa
Teaching in South Africa
Elephants in South Africa
Teaching in South Africa
Teaching in South Africa
South African Landscape
Teaching in South Africa

Fulbright-Hays Short Term Study Abroad Project

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s South African Culture, History, & Literacy (SACHL) project will include 13 participants (one project director and 12 public school teachers). As part of the project, participants will engage in a four week cultural immersion in Port Elizabeth and Cape Town, South Africa. The objectives of the project are (1) To improve the cross-cultural competence of U.S. teachers, (2) To study the culture and history of South Africa using a critical literacy framework, (3) To investigate how South African teachers teach the culture and history of South Africa, and (4) To create and disseminate curricular resources that can be used to teach about South African culture and history in U.S. schools.

While in South Africa, participants will study with faculty from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan and the University of the Western Cape. Participants will also engage in a three week intensive field experience in a township school in Port Elizabeth. During this field experience, they will observe classes to understand how teachers integrate culture, history, and literacy in their instruction. In addition, project participants will meet with South African teachers to discuss how U.S. teachers teach culture, history, and literacy. From these discussions, participants will identify similarities and differences between South African and U.S. teaching in these three areas.

Using discussions between South African and U.S. teachers, readings about South African democracy, and guest lectures by South African university faculty, project participants will create online modules that teachers can use to teach about South African democracy and civic literacy. While in South Africa, project participants will maintain learner blogs that describe instructional practices that inform the project’s goals. They will also collaborate with South African teachers and students to create videos that explore what democracy means to South Africans. These videos and blogs will then be integrated into the online modules. Once the online modules are developed, project participants will integrate them into their classroom instruction. The program will be evaluated three times during the project grant period—once every six months. The evaluation process will consist of qualitative components (focus group interviews and document analysis—including the blogs, online modules, and lesson plans) and quantitative components (survey data). The data will be used formatively to make necessary and appropriate changes during the project implementation and summatively to evaluate the effectiveness of the overall program. 

This project will provide equal access and treatment for eligible project participants without regard to race, color, national origin, age, or handicapping condition. These characteristics will not be used in the participant selection process though they will be noted as demographic characteristics (should the participants self-disclose) in the evaluation process and with any research that may be conducted as part of the project.