Politics & Economy
Big concepts regarding the challenges African nations are facing:
- There is currently enormous diversity in economic development, forms of political rule, and the make-up of the nation-states of Africa.
- Compared to the colonial period, social welfare has improved greatly almost across the continent: especially in education and health care.
- Within the last ten years, GDPs of African nations has grown quickly overall, but most of the higher income and wealth has benefitted either foreign companies or to national elites/oligarchs.
- National development is slowed by a number of factors including poor farming conditions (soil, disease, rain, etc.), low commodity prices for goods produced in Africa (e.g. copper, coffee), corruption, and in a few cases civil war.
- After fifty years of independence, states are still forming themselves into nations, where people see themselves as a single people. Differences of class, religion and ethnicity often, but not always, slow development.
- Democracy is deepening its roots in many countries, fueled by people’s desire for a government responsive to their needs.
- NEW Teaching Resource: Boko Haram: Behind the Headlines
- The US Responds to Apartheid (Curriculum)
- Teaching About Nelson Mandela
- Teaching About Kony 2012
- Africa in the Cold War
- Contemporary Political and Economic Issues
- What Can Outsiders Do? Madeline Uraneck wrote this letter from Lesotho where she serves as a teacher coach. Until recently Madeline was a key leader and official in global education for the state of Wisconsin. Here she leads again, this time with a provocative message on helping Africa.
- An excellent lesson plan from Deborah Johnson from the Lakeside School in Seattle, WA
- Meeting of the Minds Lesson: students take on the role as an African and think about how Africans themselves can solve African challenges
- Reliable New Sources: