South Africa's Desmond Tutu

South Africa's Desmond Tutu lesson plan

Learn about Desmond Tutu, a fascinating man who tried to bring nonviolent change to South Africa. Tell others about his accomplishments and honors!

  • 1.

    Research the life of Desmond Tutu and the complex society of South Africa. You will find that he was the first black Anglican bishop of Johannesburg. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984. Find pictures and details about his life and efforts to end apartheid.

  • 2.

    Draw a picture of Desmond Tutu with Crayola® Colored Pencils. Color his likeness using Crayola Multicultural Markers and Multicultural Crayons. Cut out the figure using Crayola Scissors.

  • 3.

    On a large piece of construction paper, draw and color a map of South Africa.

  • 4.

    Cut a small piece of foam to make Tutu's portrait stand out on your poster. Glue foam to the back of his portrait with Crayola School Glue. Attach the foam to the map.

  • 5.

    On separate paper, write Tutu's name and important facts about his life and honors. Cut them out and glue them on the poster. Dry.


  • Students gather information on South Africa, its people, and apartheid.
  • Students research information about Desmond Tutu, identifying his contributions to South Africa, its society, and ending apartheid.
  • Students identify the meaning of the Nobel Peace Prize and recognize its winners.
  • Students create a poster depicting facts about Desmond Tutu's life and career.


  • Discover other people who worked for human rights, such as Abraham Lincoln, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Research what other important Nobel Peace Prize recipients did to be chosen for this prestigious award.
  • If appropriate, assist children with special needs to research Mr. Tutu's life. Help them choose which facts to include on the poster.