Footprints Into The 21st Century is a wonderful literature-based South African high school curriculum featuring an exceptional collection of living books for 12-16-year-old students. It spans South African History from the South African War, World War 1 to the first democratic elections of 1994 and the emergence of a new democratic South Africa.
The curriculum covers eight historical periods and includes detailed outlines for the literature studies, faith-building reading, natural sciences studies and life skills activities. Footprints into the 21st Century features iconic leaders like Nelson Mandela, as well as other political religious leaders, sports heroes, and famous South African artists and musicians.
This curriculum provides detailed guidelines, outlines and schedules and my 14 and 15-year-old daughters each completed almost all the reading and most assignments independently. Most the assignments suggested followed a Charlotte Mason approach, with a variety of narration, research or presentation options.
We stretched this one year curriculum over 18 months, which gave us time to delve deeply and make the most of the experience. You would need to buy a suitable Maths and 2nd language program to provide a complete highschool curriculum.
When I read the books and outlines, I remembered living in South Africa during the 1980’s apartheid era as a teenager and I was emotionally moved by the content. However, my daughters viewed much of this as ‘mere’ history and I found that the content was suitable for a younger reader, yet challenging and thought-provoking. Books like Faith Like Potatoes and The Seed Sower inspired our faith!
I am delighted that we could study the rich heritage, history, culture, natural sciences, politics and geography of South Africa. I highly recommend Footprints Into The 21st Century.