Out of Africa and into the Classroom: A teacher's dream site on Africa!

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Teacher Resources


Stanford Junior University-Teaching About Africa

Teaching about Africa for K - 12




Absolutely Whootie
The stories, for K-12, are taken from books and are revised by children's comments "to best please the audience." Includes stories from Africa. http://hazel.forest.net/whootie/default.html
Africa - PBS / National Geographic / Thirteen/WNET NY Television Series, Sept. 9 - Oct. 28, 2001
Eight episodes cover the Savanna and a woman moving from the city to rural life (Serengeti, Tanzania), the Sahara (a 9 year old boy from Niger crosses the desert on camel to collect and sell salt, etc. Each episode has a slide shows, video clips (requires sound card, speakers). Photoscopes cover AIDS, urban life, conflict, women. There is an African Challenge quiz and teachers' guide (in Adobe PDF).

In the Africa for Kids section, spend a day with kids from Ghana and e-mail them, play the thumb piano / record your tune, (requires Flash, sound card), listen to a Swahili tale or read it yourself, make a Dogon mask. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/africa/
Africa Access
Guide to children's literature on Africa. Reviews are written by univ. faculty, librarians, and teachers many of whom are in African studies or have lived in Africa. Use the Search to locate, for ex., Swahili culture. Has an Africana Book Buddies Club. Information on winners of the Children's Africana Book Awards (CABA). Edited by Brenda Randolph. [KF] http://www.africaaccessreview.org/
Africa Center [Colorado)
"a [Colorado] non-profit organization dedicated to promoting social awareness and knowledge of Africa by providing information, materials and services..." Directory of Colorado Africa-related resources. Based in Boulder, Colorado. [KF] http://www.africacentre.org/index.htm
Africa Map Puzzle - From SchoolNet Namibia
Levels of difficulty from easiest to hardest. "SchoolNet Namibia is a nonprofit provider of internet service, hardware and training to the nation's schools." http://www.schoolnet.na/games/map/africa.html
Africa: One Continent. Many Worlds
Extensive site for the traveling art exhibit from the Field Museum, Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, and others. Includes video, photographs on the history and art of the Royal Palace of the Bamum (Cameroun), conflict resolution among the BaKongo (Congo-Brazzaville and Kinshasa, Angola), Benin history through elephant tusks and Benin bronzes, metal working, use of gold weights, commerce across the Sahara, the market in Kano (Nigeria), men's hats, combs/jewelry, rock art, a Liberian folk tale, the role of masks, drums, kora music from Senegal, the elephant as a royal animal, and more. Has a map of African languages, an African facts flashcard game, classroom ideas for teachers. [KF] http://www.nhm.org/oldsite/africa/home.html
Africa Society (of the National Summit on Africa)
Non profit launched 2002 as a a combination think-tank and public education organization. Its Teach Africa program supports the inclusion of Africa education in American schools. Based in Washington, D.C. http://www.africasummit.org/
Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources - Culture and Society
An annotated directory of internet resources on African society and culture. Includes links to information on the use of the word 'tribe.' http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/culture.html
Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources - History for K-12
An annotated directory of internet resources for teaching African history to K-12 students. http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/history/hisk12.html
Africa South of the Sahara: Selected Internet Resources - Photographs
Directory of internet resources for contemporary and historical photographs of Africa. Maintained by Stanford University Libraries. http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/photographs.html
Africa Speaks: West African University Students Write About Their Lives
Essay and stories "about growing up and living in West Africa on the fault line between traditional and western cultures. Topics include childhood; natural and manmade disasters; magic and belief, customs and rituals; love, courtship, marriage and divorce; family life; rural vs. urban living; politics and public issues; education; heritage; being an outsider. The texts were written in 1990-92 at the University of Niamey, Niger Republic, in classes taught by Dr. Patricia Stoll, Fulbright Professor of Writing and Literature." Photographs from Niger are included. Dr. Stoll also talks about her teaching experience at the University. [KF] http://www.patstoll.org/
African History for K-12 Classes
Guide to internet resources for African history. Maintained by the Stanford University Libraries. http://www-sul.stanford.edu/depts/ssrg/africa/history/hisk12.html
African Indigenous Knowledge Systems
Dr. Gloria Emeagwali, Professor of History, Central Connecticut State University, provides citations to books and links to web sites relating to the, "Background History of Africa, African Food Processing Techniques, African Textile Techniques, African Metallurgy, Colonialism and Africa's Technology, and Mathematics in pre-colonial Hausaland, West Africa. http://www.africahistory.net
African Odyssey InterActive - Kennnedy Center for the Performing Arts
Site for a festival in New York of music, dance, and theater from Africa and the African Diaspora. Has interviews with artists, a directory of web sites about Dance, Music, Literary Arts/Storytelling, Theater/Performance, K-12 teaching resources. [KF] http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/aoi/artsedge.html
Afrophile: Recommended Titles on Africa for Children and Young People
Compiled by Brenda Randolph. Covers from primary grades to high school, includes books for teachers. Orig. pub. 1994, updated for 1996. Print copies are available for $15 plus $3 postage from Africa Access, 2204 Quinton Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20190. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/Proceedings_Rev/men_afrophle.html
American Historical Association
See the Teaching section, has a special membership plan for K-12 teachers, awards the Beveridge Family Teaching Award for distinguished K-12 history teaching, has a special web site for collaborative projects to strengthen history education for K-16 students, essays on teaching history, etc. http://www.historians.org/
Ananse's Web
"a community of educators, educational support personnel and others interested in using virtual environments to expand and enhance learning in the fields of African and African Diasporic studies." Has a video - Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds (does not show African examples however) which uses Second Life. http://anansesweb.ning.com/
Art and Life in Africa Project. Teachers' Forum

The Art and Life in Africa Project (University of Iowa) introduces a related CD-ROM and serves as an online searchable catalog of the Univ. of Iowa's Stanley Collection of African Art. The Key Moments in Life section describes events such as infancy, childhood, initiation, marriage, religion, leadership, elderhood, death and illustrates them with art in a mini-slide show illustrating front and side views of each piece. The Countries Database provides basic facts. A Types of Art database describes the art of each ethnic group and basic facts about the group. There is a Peoples Database which includes the Ashanti, Bamana, Baule, Bwa, Dogon, Fang, Hemba, Ibibio, Kongo, Kota, Kuba, Lobi, Luba, Lwalwa, Makonde, Mbole, Mossi, Pende, Suku, Tabwa, Woyo, Yaka, Yoruba. The Project is directed by Professor of Art, Christopher Roy. [KF] http://www.uiowa.edu/~africart
Bartle, Lisa M. - Database of Award-winning Children's Literature
One can search for books with African themes which have won American book awards. Bartle is a librarian at the Lima Regional Campus of Ohio State University. Searches can be limited by reading level, language. http://www.dawcl.com
Boston University. African Studies Center. Outreach Program
Offers free handouts, lesson plans, proverbs, curriculum guides. Loans videos, charges range from free to $35.00. Teaching tips include: Africa: Myth and Reality, Criteria for Evaluating Materials on Africa, Selecting Books on Africa, Teaching About Africa in Elementary Schools.

Has a 25 page list of African videos. Also has over 2000 slides which can be borrowed. They will lend their videos and slides to educators in the U.S. The Program produced a video, "What Do We Know About Africa?" - "an introductory 30-minute video discussing and dispelling stereotypes while providing a basic overview of the continent's geography, culture, and history." It includes a curriculum guide. Their Outreach Director is Dr. Barbara B. Brown. [KF] http://www.bu.edu/africa/outreach/index.html
British Broadcasting Company - Africa Across the Continent
Daily life, profiles of kids, quizzes, a clickable map leading to country facts and audio files of the national anthem (requires sound card, speakers or headset). [KF] http://news.bbc.co.uk/cbbcnews/hi/static/find_out/specials/newsround_extra/africa/html/default.stm
British Broadcasting Company. The Story of Africa
"the history of the continent from an African perspective." "from the origins of humankind to the end of South African apartheid" by major African historians (Jacob Ajayi, George Abungu, Director-General of the National Museums of Kenya and others). Includes audio of each segment of the BBC program. (Requires sound card, speaker or headphone). Each segment has a timeline, bibliography, useful links. http://www.bbc.co.uk/worldservice/africa/features/storyofafrica/
Children's Africana Book Awards - Outreach Council, African Studies Association U.S.A.
The Outreach Council of the African Studies Association (U.S.) "annually honors outstanding authors and illustrators of children's books about Africa published in the United States." Site hosted by Africa Access. http://www.africaaccessreview.org/caba.cfm
Cobblestone Publishing Company
Publications for young people. Produces Calliope: the world history magazine for readers ages 9-14. Teachers' guides on - African Kingdom of Benin, Pyramids and Egypt's Old Kingdom, etc. Cobblestone magazine has a Teachers' guide for W. E. B. Dubois.

"All back issues of COBBLESTONE (January 1980 to May 1999) and Calliope (September 1990 to May 1999) have been found to be in compliance with social content requirement of [Calif.] Education Code Sections 60040260044 as well as [Calif.] State Board of Education guidelines. [KF] "http://www.cobblestonepub.com/
Cosmos Education
International organization run by graduate students and young professionals to assist schools in Africa (Kenya, Zambia) with science and technology education programs. Founded by Kevin Hand, Stanford Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering. [KF] http://www.cosmoseducation.org/
Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres. Visit a Refugee Camp
"Learn about the basic needs in a refugee camp: Shelter, food, water, sanitation, and health care. Hear the personal stories of refugees and relief workers. Find out how 39 million people are forced to live today." Has a segment on landmines, extensive curriculum guides on refugee issues and famine for teachers, printable posters. From Doctors without Borders (winners of the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.) [KF] http://www.refugeecamp.org/
ePALS: Classroom Exchange
K-12 classes can locate schools in Africa which are interested in communicating by e-mail, IRC Chat, in English, French, Swahili, Afrikaans, and other languages. Use the Find Classrooms search form. Based in Easton, Connecticut. [KF] http://www.epals.com/
Experience Africa
Education programs and "positive tourism." "For study and work trips or safaris to Uganda, educational school resources and original hand made African crafts. Based in Devon but providing services throughout the UK." Information on the African drum, information about and photographs of Uganda. Founded by Ugandan Denis Kigongo. http://www.experienceafrica.co.uk
Facing History
Dying in Darfur are resources for teachers on genocide and the Darfur, Sudan crisis. Has a Lesson Unit "Can Journalism Kill? The Case of Rwandan Hate Radio." A module on Memory, History, Memorials includes Rwanda, the Voortrekker Monument, the South African Constitutional Court, District Six. "Facing History helps students find meaning in the past and recognize the need for participation and responsible decision making." Loans videos (such as Long Night’s Journey into Day: South Africa’s Search for Truth and Reconciliation, Lost Boys of Sudan) to educators in the Facing History network. See video clip by K. Anthony Appiah on the value of Facing History programs. Is partner with Facing the Past in South Africa. Based in Brookline, Massachusetts. [KF] http://www.facinghistorycampus.org/
Five Windows into Africa
Bloomington: Indiana University Press, c2000. A cd-rom by Patrick McNaughton, John H. Hanson, Dele Jegede, Ruth M. Stone, and N. Brian Winchester.... An "interactive view of the people, cultures, and arts of contemporary Africa..." Examples from Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria. Article about the CD-ROM in Africa Today, Jan. 1999. The Instructor's Guide is online. "Designed as a companion to Indiana University Press's....textbook Africa, edited by Phyllis Martin and Patrick O'Meara." $39.95 for 2 cd-rom disks. http://www.indiana.edu/~iupress/books/0-253-33759-3.shtml

Conference paper - By Patrick McNaughton. Collaborative Software: A CD-ROM on African Art and Culture
Footsteps (Peterborough, NH)
Print magazine on African & African American history for middle school children (ages 10-14). Has a full text article on Africans in the United States, by Harvard Prof. J. Lorand Matory. Each issue of the magazine focuses on a different theme. Has teachers' guides for its Liberia issue by Jo Sullivan, for the Mansa Musa: King of Mali issue. Published by Cobblestone Publishing, Peterborough, NH. http://www.footstepsmagazine.com
GLAD, Centre for GLobal And Development Education
GLADE, is a development education centre in Somerset, England and an educational charity. Its Teaching About West Africa section "has a large collection of materials from and about West Africa including everyday items from The Gambia, Ghana, Mali and Burkina Faso." http://www.glade.org/resources_teachingaboutafrica_links.htm
GlobaLink - Africa
Is the Curriculum component of UCLA's Globalization Research Center. "The African Globalization Curriculum Project (GlobaLink-Africa) is a web-based, high-end, multi-media framed high school curriculum on globalization and its relationship with Africa, Africans, and United States-Africa policy. The project gives high school students a view of Africa and the world that may not be accessible thorugh conventional curriculum activities. The curriculum also provides enriching resources for teachers interested in globalization issues." http://www.international.ucla.edu/africa/grca/global-link/index.asp

GlobalLink - Africa Online Curriculum
Learn about Africa and globalization. For classes in World History, English Language Arts, Globalization Studies. Requires free registration to use the site.
Globalis - Interactive World Map
Generate custom maps (African continent) and country rankings. Maps can be selected and copied into other programs (Word, Photoshop, etc.) For each country has a static map and statistics on the economy, education, environment, energy consumption, gender equality, health, human development, population, technology, water. Compare a country's statistics with the rest of the world. The African continent map only provides selected country names. Site aimed at secondary schools, high schools and colleges. Based on UN statistics, esp. the Human Development Report. Produced by the Norwegian UN Association, several U.N. bodies, etc. [KF] http://globalis.gvu.unu.edu/

See additional maps in the Map section.
"first full school link between an English and an Ethiopian secondary school." About the relationship between Dr. Challoner's Grammar School in Amersham, England and Fasiledes Comprehensive Secondary School in Gondar, Ethiopia. You must have Java enabled to read the contents. Some files such as the Newsletter are in Adobe PDF. Has photographs from Gondar, an account of life in Gondar and in Ethiopia. [KF] http://www.gondarlink.org.uk/
Google Earth
Combines satellite imagery & maps. Need to download the software which is free for personal use. (See computer requirements, need Windows 2000 or XP, 400 MB disk space minimum). For African cities (such as Dar es Salaam) does not show detail, only an "airplane" view; but you can "fly" from city to city. See the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa. [However you can't fly to Kisangani, DRC or Darfur, Sudan yet.] Click on the Borders check box to see country borders. Very useful for seeing the location of lakes, bays in relation to cities, etc. The Keyhold Community site has an Education discussion area for teachers and students using the maps. [KF] http://earth.google.com/
Google for Educators and Google Earth
Interactive quiz on Africa. Requires that you downloadn Google Earth. http://www.google.com/educators/gaw.html
Discussion on teaching about Africa. For teachers at all levels. Has course syllabi, reviews of children's books. H-AfrTeach is supported by H-Net, Michigan State, Boston Univ., and the Univ. of Pennsylvania. http://h-net.msu.edu/~afrteach/
Hakuna Matata Adventure
Oregon teacher, Mary Foster, and her husband Abdiaziz who is from Somalia invite you to travel with them. Read about their 1996-1997 travels in an electronic journal (includes Morocco, Kenya, South Africa, Mauritius). On the site of the Global SchoolNet Foundation. "GSN began in 1984 as the Free Educational Mail (FrEdMail) Network and in 1990 became the Global SchoolNet Foundation. In 1993, with a grant from the National Science Foundation." http://www.globalschoolnet.org/gsh/past/hakuna/
History Footsteps. Victoria County History Project
Includes The Bristol Slavery Trail. The British port town of Bristol was involved with the Transatlantic slave trade "just over 150 years from around the 1660's to the early 1800's. History as "told through historical documents (in Archive section), illustrations, photographs, video clips, with activity sheets for young people. There are teachers' notes. "The Slave Trail web was commissioned in 2001 by the Victoria County History Project based at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London..." [KF] http://www.historyfootsteps.net/
International Children's Digital Library
Free on-line children's books in English, Amharic, Swahili, Shona, Kinyarwanda, Arabic, Afrikaans. A digital library of international children's books. Created by the Univ. of Maryland and the Internet Archive. Based at the Univ. of Maryland, College Park, Maryland. [KF] http://www.icdlbooks.org/
In French. Game created by Salif Tidiane Ba (based in Dakar, Senegal) to promote Pan-Africanism. See the National Public Radio article, Oct. 23, 2009 - Not-So-Trivial Pursuit Of A United States Of Africa
by Ofeibea Quist-Arcton. http://www.jekaben.com/
K-12 Electronic Guide for On-line African Resources
Compiled by Ali Dinar, University of Pennsylvania African Outreach Director. The menu includes: country-specific information, a multimedia archive, Africa in the library, languages of Africa, environment in Africa, travel in Africa, African-American resources. http://www.sas.upenn.edu/African_Studies/Home_Page/AFR_GIDE.html
Discussion list, sponsored by the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts African Odyssey program, for higher education faculty and students to "ensure a greater role for the visual and performing arts in teaching and learning about Africa (in k12 through higher education programming." http://artsedge.kennedy-center.org/aoi/opps/listserv.html
To subscribe send an e-mail to: listserv@artsedge.kennedy-center.org
In the Message area put: subscribe kcao your name
The Living Africa
Site has closed. Attractive site for students and teachers, with information on the people, geographic features, wildlife, national parks. Include a Christian school in Cameroon, a high school girl talking about her life, life with a family in The Gambia, brief descriptions of major cities (more extensive for Madagascar cities), a Wildlife Conservation Challenge game, brief audio and video clips of music and dance, photographs from various photographers. Site was created by high school students and their coaches as part of the ThinkQuest contest to use the internet as a learning tool. ThinkQuest was created by Advanced Network & Services of Armonk, New York. http://library.thinkquest.org/16645/
Lost Boys of Sudan
Award-winning documentary about two Sudanese refugee boys and their experiences in U.S. society. Producer / Directors: Megan Mylan and Jon Shenk. Study guide with classroom ideas and essays by Sudanese refugees and Sudan experts. Ideas for assisting refugees and victims of Darfur. The 87 minute film, in English and Dinka with subtitles, may be purchased. Site based in San Francisco, California. http://www.LostBoysFilm.com
Lycee Yamwaya and Lycee Yadga. English Club Newsletter
Newsletter in English created by secondary school students. Edited by Bernard OUEDRAOGO, Lycee Yamwaya and Halidou KONFE, Lycee Yadega. Based in Ouahigouya, Burkina Faso. http://www.geocities.com/bernieoued/
Mali Interactive
Archaeological excavations and information on the people and culture of Jenn�. The project leaders include Profs. Rod and Susan McIntosh, archaeologists, from Rice University's Anthropology Dept. U.S. A goal is to save archaeological information from destruction by erosion. Jenn� is the earliest known urban settlement south of the Sahara and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Photos, news, teaching resources, information on Mali and archaeology. http://www.ruf.rice.edu/~anth/arch/mali-interactive/index.html
Maps.Com - African Map Quiz
African map game using Macromedia's Flash. Drag the name of the country to its correct location on the map outline. Check your score. The Maps.com site also has a black and white map of the African continent. http://www.maps.com/learn/games/africa.html
Map Game - African Countries, from Sheppard Software
Guess the name of the country, then click on the map. http://www.sheppardsoftware.com/African_Geography.htm
Mariners Museum, Virginia - Age of Exploration
Exhibit designed for K-12. Brief information, maps showing routes traveled by Hanno, Ibn Battuta, Bartholemeu Dias, Prince Henry the Navigator http://www.mariner.org/age/index.html
Matmice.com: Free Homepages for Kids
Easy to use site which ennables children to create their own web page. None of the child-created sites seemed to be Africa-related but this site provides an opportunity for children to build one. Created by three teen-age sisters from Australia for the 2002 5th annual Cable and Wireless Childnet Awards. http://matmice.com/
Miami University Libraries. Children's Picture Book Database (Oxford, Ohio)
Created by Valerie A. Ubbes, Ph.D. "contains abstracts of over 4000 picture books for children, pre-school to grade 3." Under keyword, African, retrieved over 20 citations to titles. http://www.lib.muohio.edu/pictbks/
Motherland Nigeria - Olubunmi O
Extensive information on Nigeria - foods recipes, dress, national anthem, languages, school life, music (with audio files), history, Nigerian humor, links to other sites. Has a Kid Zone with stories, proverbs, games, pictures, artwork, tourist attractions in Nigeria. By Olubunmi "Boomie", a Nigerian programmer analyst working in Minneapolis, MN. She grew up in Nigeria and the Midwest U.S. http://www.motherlandnigeria.com
Mountain Voices
A rich resource. "interviews with over 300 people who live in mountain and highland regions round the world. Their testimonies offer a personal perspective on change and development." To access the interviews, one needs to register and fill out a questionnaire. Interviews from Lesotho, Kenya, Ethiopia, gathered by the Oral Testimony Programme of the Panos Institute. Topics discussed include agriculture, community, conflict, culture, development, economics, education, employment, environment, family life, festivals, food security, forestry, gender, health, history, identity, industry, crime, land, migration, politics, spiritual beliefs, tourism, etc. [KF] http://www.mountainvoices.org/
MtvU - Darfur is Dying
Online game from mtvU (music video TV program for university students) designed to raise awareness of the issues around the Darfur situation. See the BBC article July 6, 2006 on the game. http://www.mtvu.com/on_mtvu/activism/
Munirah Chronicle of Black Historical Events & Facts
Mainly on African-American history. Features "Today in Black History" with historic events. Search by keyword; a search on Mandela retrieves many entries.. To subscribe, send E-mail to: LISTSERV@MAELSTROM.STJOHNS.EDU
In the Messsage area put: Subscribe Munirah Your Name
The list is edited by Brother Mosi Hoj
Museum for African Art (New York City)
Information on their exhibitions, publications, their travel programs, etc. Includes photographs. Hosts Facing the Mask ("This specially designed website brings African masks to life with exhibition information, activities for kids and curricula lessons for teachers.") [KF] http://www.africanart.org/
National Geographic - Africa in 3D: Demographics, Diversity, Discovery
"explore the continent's rich cultures, wildlife, and landscapes" Lesson plans. Emphasis on wildlife, conservation. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/geographyaction/
National Geographic - In Search of Human Origins
A team from the U.S., Botswana, and South Africa hunt for fossils in Botswana, Sept.-Oct. 1998. How to interpret findings, why is Africa a hotspot for hominid development, classroom ideas for K-12, links to related sites. http://www.nationalgeographic.com/outpost/
National Public Radio / National Geographic Society - Megatransect / Congotrek
Dr. Michael Fay, biologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, has been walking 1,200 miles through the Republic of Congo, Cameroon, and Gabon surveying the area "so that conservationists and African governments can assess which areas are most important to protect." Has Fay's audio journals (requires sound card, Real Player), photographs with captions, K-12 classroom ideas, links to related sites. Discusses effects of deforestation. National Geographic - Congotrek: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/congotrek/

Criticism of the program can be found in the Discussion Logs on H-Africa, October 17-20, 2000, called "NPR's Africa."
Ngorongoro, Africa's Cradle of Life
About the PBS TV program on the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Has lessons designed for earth science, biology, and mathematics students in middle and high school classrooms, links to related sites. http://www.pbs.org/edens/ngorongoro/
Odyssey, 1999-2000
A virtual two year fieldtrip for young people to Africa (and other countries). Students can follow and email American educators on the Africa trip which began in South Africa, continues to Zimbabwe (street performers, AIDS education) and Swaziland (on the monarchy) and will travel to Mali. Has a teachers' guide, earlier trip reports. The non-profit organization was begun by Jeff Golden, Fulbright scholar and San Francisco high school teacher. The trip follows the U.S. National Educational Standards. [KF] http://www.worldtrek.org/odyssey/index.html
National Geographic site, with an unfortunate sub-title, on animals of the Okavango region, designed for K-12. Slow-loading pages. Useful links to related wildlife sites. For K-12: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/okavango/education/resources.html
Main site: http://www.nationalgeographic.com/okavango/index.html
On the Line - Schools Section
Environmental and development issues in Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Algeria and other countries. The Schools section includes Magical Mali with sound clips, a virtual journey to Timbuktu and online quiz, a section on the daily life of a child in Ghana, exploration of the symbols on Ghanaian Adinkra cloth, a journey to Togo, daily life in Burkina Faso. [KF] http://www.oxfam.org.uk/coolplanet/ontheline/index.html
Outreach World
Find resources by global region, country, subject, resource type, time period, grade level, instructional strategy. News for teachers. Supported by "120[U.S.] federally-funded National Resource Centers (NRCs) based at 146 universities, focusing on Africa, Asia, Canada, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, the Pacific Islands and International Studies, and 42 Language Resource Centers (LRCs) and Centers for International Business and Education Research (CIBERs) based at 44 universities and dedicated to promoting foreign language study and international business." Based in Van Nuys, California. [KF] http://www.outreachworld.org/
Oware! National Game of Africa
Software program and 200 page book (history, cultural significance), to play oware (wari), a game popular in West Africa. For adults and children grade 4 and higher. Requires an IBM compatible computer. From Sapient Software based in Bolinas, Calif.. http://www.svn.net/rkovach/oware/
PBS - Liberia's Civil War
Profile of Charles Taylor, articles from 1996 to 2003, video clips, article by Somini Sengupta, New York Times reporter. Essays and lessons for schools (The Story of Liberia, Liberia and the U.S., economic factors and U.S. foreign policy), a historical chronology, From PBS, the public television organization. [KF] http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/africa/liberia/index.html
PBS - Lost Childhoods: Exploring the Consequences of Collective Violence
Lesson plan for the film the Lost Boys of Sudan. See also the 19 page guide in PDF. http://www.pbs.org/pov/pov2003/thefluteplayer/pdf/study_guide.pdf
PBS Teachers
Public television free lesson plans. Teacher professional development, videos, blogs. Select grade level, then Cultural Studies: Africa. Topics include Nigerian elections, Sudan, AIDS, slavery, Rwanda, African culture, Ethiopian religions, South Africa, African drumming, Queen of Sheba, Timbuktu, Kenyan women, Swahili coast. [KF] http://www.pbs.org/teachers/socialstudies/inventory/culturalstudiesafricanstudies-912.html
Peace Corps
Describes projects in Africa. Their Kids World site goes to Mali and South Africa. Has links to Returned Volunteer groups - Friends of Cameroon, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Ghana, Togo, Niger, etc. http://www.peacecorps.gov/indexf.cfm
Peace Corps - Water in Africa
"contains over 500 photo resources, representing the best of more than 3000 images submitted by the Peace Corps Volunteers serving in Africa." Access photos by country. Each photo has descriptive captions. Has short narratives about water in African daily life, lessons plans (by grade or subject) for K-12 students, maps, technical drawings. Produced by Peace Corps Volunteers, World Wise Schools' (WWS) classroom teachers, and WWS staff members. http://www.peacecorps.gov/wws/water/africa/
Philadelphia School District - Teaching African and African American History and Culture in the 21st Century
The site includes lessons on Adinkra Mobiles, Make your own African Drum, Tie and Dyed Textile Design. http://www.phila.k12.pa.us/offices/african&american/afr-lessons.html
Schmidt, Nancy - "Africana Resources for Undergraduates: A Bibliographic Essay"
Dr. Schmidt was the former Africana Librarian, Indiana University. Published in Phyllis M. Martin and Patrick O'Meara (eds.), Africa. Third edition. ( Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1995, pp. 413-434.) " The author would like to point out that this essay, published in 1995 and written a year before, does not reflect some more recent publications and web resources." http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=1000297
Science in Africa - [Education Section]
Popular science e-journal with full text articles. Has for kids, Science Granny, a Science Education section, competitions section (mainly in South Africa). Based in Grahamstown, South Africa. [KF] http://www.scienceinafrica.co.za/index.htm

Articles in the first issue, January 2000 - Construction begins on SALT: South African Large Telescope, African cattle with natural resistance to trypanosomiasis, coelacanth find off the Kwazulu Natal coast, Sunsat: Africa's first Satellite, the biopesticide, called Green Muscle, provides a safe, natural alternative to chemical insecticides, polluting streams with alien fish species threatens aquatic biodiversity, genetically modified foods for Africa?, the state of South African penguins.
Seeley, Cathy - PCV in Burkina Faso
Hundreds of photos, information, and essays about Burkina Faso, West Africa and Cathy Seeley's Peace Corps service as a secondary mathematics teacher from 1999 to 2001. About local gardening, school life, rural life, artists, craftspeople, a student activities page with sample questions. http://csinburkinafaso.com
Simba International School (Ndola, Zambia)
Private primary and secondary school offering a British-based education, has student web pages, the curriculum, etc. http://www.simba.sch.zm/
Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education, SPICE
"(SPICE) serves as a bridge between Stanford University and K-14 schools by developing multidisciplinary curriculum materials on international themes." Sells curriculum units with Africa-related topics. http://spice.stanford.edu/
Studying Africa : A Guide to the Sources. Edited by Kristina Rylander
171 pages in PDF. High school, college level. References to mainly print sources. "an introduction to the basic handbooks and standard works on contemporary Africa. It also offers guidance on searching for literature and facts within the field of the social sciences." Pub. by the Nordic Africa Institute, Uppsala, Sweden 2005. Translated into English by Linda Linnarsson and Andrew Byerley. English edition avail. only online. http://www.nai.uu.se/library/africainfo/studyingafrica/
Summer Seminar for School Teachers, 2007 July 9-27, Writing Africa: Comparative African & Western Palavers & Perspectives
Held at Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan. Read, discuss texts by Chinua Achebe and Wole Soyinka (Nigerians) and Ama Ata Aidoo (Ghanaian) in relation to those of Joseph Conrad (British/Polish) and Barbara Kingsolver (American). Sponsored by NEH. http://www.chsbs.cmich.edu/writing%5Fafrica/
Sunday Times - Education Online
South African pupil's textbooks and teachers' guides are on the website of the South African print newspaper, The Sunday Times. http://www.suntimes.co.za/edu/
Teachable Moment
Free lesson plans for teaching about Africa. Examples are Darfur, Sudan crisis, the Power of Nonviolent Action: South Africa & Poland. Has book reviews such as books by Adam Hochschildon the Congo and the ending of slavery. A project of Educators for Social Responsibility Metropolitan Area, in New York City. http://www.teachablemoment.org/
Site "dedicated to the teaching of Africa and the African Diaspora across the disciplines. It is a moderated, community-maintained digital repository of electronic resources related to African Studies available free-of-charge to registered users." Has syllabi, photos, books lists, web sites, conferences, etc. Maintained by Carmela Garritano, Assistant Professor of English, University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota. She is completing a book on the Ghanaian film and video industries. http://www.teachafrica.net/
Tinga Tinga
Video trailer http://www.cartoonbrew.com/tv/tinga-tinga-tales-produced-by-kenyas-homeboyz.html
Thinkquest Africa
"an Internet contest for African learners between the ages of 12-19. Learners should form a team and collaborate in the development of an educational web site." http://www.thinkquestafrica.org/
Through a Child's Eye: Photographs of and by African Children on the Internet
Photo exhibits from the Mathare Youth Sports Association (Kenya) and Sergio Silva's Group for Social Education in Manica (Mozambique). In the Mathare Shootback project, children from a slum, Mathare Valley, photograph important aspects of their lives (health, the community environment, family, soccer) and introduce themselves. The photographs of Silva, a Mozambican photographer, show children from the period (1981 + ) during the Mozambique civil war and present-day environmental issues in Manica Province. http://www.piac.org/
Transafrica Forum - [K-12]
An African-American foreign policy institution, "founded in 1981 to provide a forum for the collection, analysis and dissemination of information about Africa and the Caribbean and about the United States' policies affecting these regions." Has a table comparing the size of African countries to the United States. [KF] http://www.transafricaforum.org
U.N. High Commission for Refugees
Has a Teaching Tools section which includes a Unit Plan for Ages 12-14 on the 1994 Rwanda Conflic and on Living Conditions in Refugee Camps in Africa. [KF] http://www.unhcr.ch/cgi-bin/texis/vtx/home
Understanding Sudan - a Teaching and Learning Resource
"modules for teachers in high school, college, and universities to integrate into their courses." Covers history, political economy, ecology, societies and cultures, literatures in indigenous and colonial languages, arts and music, and scholarly work. Video clips from the 2006 Sudan Studies Association conference. Created by Drs. Michael Kevane, Martha Saavedra, and Mariane Ferme. http://www.understandingsudan.org
UNICEF, Global Village Game
Register online to play a game for young people which helps them learn about the problems facing children in a Burundi village. Information on Burundi history and on the cost of various supplies and facilities to improve village life. http://www.unicef-kids.org/
United States. Central Intelligence Agency - Geography Quiz for Kids
University of California at Berkeley. Center for African Studies. Course Syllabi Database
Extensive database of African studies course syllabi. Find syllabi by subject, discipline, or course title. http://africa.berkeley.edu/academics/SyllabiSelector.php
University of California (Berkeley). Office of Resources for International and Area Studies
ORIAS provides outreach to teachers and sells resource packets for middle and high school students on the Sudan, Egypt, North Africa. http://www.ias.berkeley.edu/orias/units97.html
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. African Studies Center
Events, faculty, courses, study abroad, a K-12 Outreach site - Images of Africa (24 p. in PDF), slides on Sufi Islam in Senegal, database of children's books. http://www.unc.edu/depts/africa/
University of Wisconsin. African Studies Outreach Program
K-12 resources, bibliographies. Its Passeport a l'Afrique Francophone provides "those who teach French in grades 6-12 with practical tools and information to accurately teach about French-speaking Africa." Will loan its video collection to Wisconsin and other Upper Midwest teachers. [KF] http://africa.wisc.edu/?page_id=305
Western Cape Schools Network
Schools in the Western Cape region of South Africa with access to e-mail and other internet resources. Held Internet and Educational Computing conferences whose proceedings are on its web site. http://www.wcape.school.za/
Wonders of the African World - Henry Louis Gates, Jr.
Covers Black Pharaohs, Meroe, Gedi, the Swahili People, Zanzibar, the Ashanti and Dahomey (Benin) Kingdoms, Aksum, Gondar, the Churches of Lalibela, the Dogon, Grand Mosque of Djenne, Empires of Mali & Ghana, the Tuareg, Great Zimbabwe, a 1,000 year old South African city - Mapangubwe, the Shona People, etc. Site based on the TV programs hosted by Prof. Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (Harvard Univ.) Includes a kids' activity page, teachers' lesson plans, audio clips. http://www.pbs.org/wonders/

For comments on H-Africa about the TV series, see: http://www.h-net.msu.edu/~africa/threads/index.html#Films In the Film section, page down to "Wonders of the African World".

A Preliminary Critique from Prof. Ali Mazrui and Black Orientalism. http://igcs.binghamton.edu/igcs_site/dirton2.htm

Africa Update (Central Connecticut State University) Vol. 7, No. 1, Winter 2000 on the debate. http://www.ccsu.edu/AFSTUDY/updtWin2k.htm

West Africa Review, Special issues of the e-journal on the TV series.
Vol. 1, No. 2, Jan. 2000.
Vol. 1, No. 2a, March 2000.
World Bank. For Schools
Very useful guide to locating information from the vast World Bank site. Has a page for each country (GNP, population, growth rate, infant mortality, life expectancy, illiteracy rate, safe water, etc.). http://www.worldbank.org/html/schools/index.html

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