For the past four years Magherafelt High School students have been involved in an Oral History project that has aimed to record for posterity the testimony of those who made a significant stand in Northern Ireland.
The project was the brainchild of the American Federation of Teachers in partnership with the NASUWT in Northern Ireland. Through the funding that the AFT secured, teachers from around the world were given the opportunity to attend training events to prepare them to enthuse students to go out and record interviews with key civic activists for themselves, armed with their nifty Flip Cameras. These interviews could then be compared with other key contexts, such as South Africa, USA, Georgia, Poland and others. The key aim was to always ensure that the students were leading the project and they were the key decision makers in relation to who should be interviewed. Students were literally recording History.