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South Africa for Kids

South Africa for Kids
Here are some interesting facts about South Africa for kids which were chosen and researched by kids especially for kids. Population: 55 million people live in South Africa (2015)Capital: Pretoria "The Jacaranda City", which also often is referred to as 'Tshwane' as the municipality changed name in 2007, has got 2.3 million inhabitants.Name: Republic of South Africa, RSA, ZA ("Zuid Afrika")Government: DemocracyLanguages: 11 official languages: isiZulu, Afrikaans, English, isiXhosa, siSwati, Sesotho, Xitsonga, Sepedi, isiNdebele, Setswana, TshivendaReligion: mainly Christians and Muslims, but also Jews and other faiths.Currency: 1 South African Rand (ZAR)= 100 CentsHistory: South Africa was led by Apartheid leaders until Nelson Mandela came free from prison and became the first democratically elected leader in South Africa in 1994.National Symbols: Protea (flower), Springbok (antelope) and others. Click here.Climate: Various climatic regions. South Africa for Kids: South Africa Geography

South Africa The School System | South Africa A child may begin schooling with grade 0 (also called reception, or grade-R) from the age of four. Grades 1 to 9 are compulsory and classified as General Education and Training (GET). Grades 11 and 12, Further Education and Training (FET), are non-compulsory; qualification at this level with a matriculation certificate is required to enter tertiary education. Some schools offer a post-matric/sixth-form level which allows students to sit for A-level exams. The three-tier system of education is as follows: Primary school: Grade 0/1 to grade 6/7 Secondary school: Grade 8 to 9 (compulsory); grade 10 to 12 (non-compulsory) Tertiary education: Universities, technical colleges This system is also referred to in phases: Foundation phase: Reception to grade 3 Intermediate phase: Grades 4 to 6 Senior phase: Grades 7 to 9 Further Education and Training (FET): Grades 10 to 12 (matriculation certificate) Higher Education (HE) Pre-Primary/Preschool Compulsory education begins at grade 1. Primary school

South Africa Facts for Kids From KidzSearch, the safe free Wikipedia for kids. > Wiki Home The Republic of South Africa is a country in the southern region of Africa. There are 11 national languages. One of South Africa's most well known people is Nelson Mandela. History The first European people to come to South Africa were Portuguese explorers. In 1651, Jan van Riebeeck colonized the Cape. Diamonds were found in South Africa in 1867. The First Boer War happened in 1880-1881. Geography The Drakensberg mountains, the highest mountain range in South Africa The back of South Africa is a big and flat. To the north of Johannesburg, the altitude drops beyond the escarpment of the Highveld. Climate South Africa has a mostly temperate climate. There is a desert in the southern Namib in the farthest northwest and subtropical climate in the east along the Mozambique border and the Indian ocean. The southwest has a climate similar to that of the Mediterranean with dry/wet winters and hot, wet summers. Economy Notes

South African National Symbols, National Symbols of South Africa You are here: The South African national symbols include three animals and two plants, the Springbok, the Blue Crane, the Galjoen, the King Protea, and the Yellowwood Tree. The most well known one is the jumping Springbok antelope, worldwide renown as the emblem of the South African national rugby team and many other South African sports, institutions, products etc... The Springbok (Antidorcas marsupialis) gets its common name from its characteristic jumping display, “pronk” in Afrikaans. Learn more about South Africa's "sacred" animals and plants:The Springbok,... The Springbok antelopeSouth African National Symbols, National Symbols of South Africacopyright © South African tourism << Top of Page The Blue Crane,... The Blue CraneNational Symbols of South Africa The Galjoen,... The GaljoenSouth African National Symbols, National Symbols of South Africacopyright © Schalk Viljoen The King Protea,... The Yellowwood Tree,... Top of Page

Africa Lesson Plans and Resources In addition to the printables that can be used for any country study, I make additional sheets for specific countries ~ mapping activities and flag notebooking sheets {and sometimes more!}. Our studies of Africa include units on the following countries:EgyptKenyaMoroccoNigeriaSouth AfricaTanzaniaBelow I have included links to the printables for each country as well as links for our favorite books and resources, along with blog posts that provide some great websites to help you in your study of that country. We took three weeks to study the country of Egypt and focused quite a bit on mummies and pyramids. Egypt is such a HUGE country to study with amazing history that could last for an entire year, and we only tapped into a little bit of what we could have. If you'd like to see more detailed blog posts with day-by-day plans and links/resources, here are the links: ~ South African Country Study Our travels to the Eastern coast of Africa started with Kenya. Books we used and loved....

Apartheid - History for Kids Apartheid Apartheid means ‘apart-hood’ or ‘the state of being apart’ and was the system of racial inequality, segregation and discrimination in South Africa that was started after World War II. It was enforced by the laws of the South African National Party governments from 1948 to 1994. These government officials were white rulers in the nation of South Africa that was a majority of black people and their laws cut the rights of all black citizens so that they were not equal to other citizens in the country. White supremacy in South Africa continued to segregate the black citizens for over 50 years and came to a peak when the 1913 Land Act was passed. The last law classified people by their ‘race’ and then they would be given or refused rights based on that classification. As it is with any movement, resistance to apartheid covered many years and appeared in many forms. In 1973, the United Nations General Assembly focused on apartheid and denounced it. Sponsored Links

South Africa profile - Timeline A chronology of key events: 4th century - Migrants from the north settle, joining the indigenous San and Khoikhoi people. 1480s - Portuguese navigator Bartholomeu Dias is the first European to travel round the southern tip of Africa. 1497 - Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama lands on Natal coast. 1652 - Jan van Riebeeck, representing the Dutch East India Company, founds the Cape Colony at Table Bay. 1795 - British forces seize Cape Colony from the Netherlands. 1816-1826 - Shaka Zulu founds and expands the Zulu empire, creates a formidable fighting force. 1835-1840 - Boers leave Cape Colony in the 'Great Trek' and found the Orange Free State and the Transvaal. 1852 - British grant limited self-government to the Transvaal. 1856 - Natal separates from the Cape Colony. Late 1850s - Boers proclaim the Transvaal a republic. 1860-1911 - Arrival of thousands of labourers and traders from India, forebears of the majority of South Africa's current Indian population. 1867 - Diamonds discovered at Kimberley.