Politics & Economy
- Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony: Highlighting Music in the Fight against Apartheid
Created by high school teacher Byrce Mattie, this film guide is a perfect supplement to add context and nuance to a discussion about apartheid and recent South African history while viewing Amandla!: A Revolution in Four-Part Harmony.
- Pray the Devil Back to Hell: A Women’s Peace Movement in Liberia
Created by high school teacher Frank Swoboda, this film guide focuses on comparative topics like the causes and effects of war and conflict, responses to oppression and violence, nonviolent protest and civil disobedience, human rights, women’s participation in society, and peace-building and peacekeeping.
- African Democracy Simulation Activity
In this simulation, students will study the politics around an upcoming election in the fictional African country of Mambia. In different groups, students will study the perspectives of and represent one of seven community organizations in a national meeting. In this meeting, students must develop collective goals for Mambia’s civil society for responding to the growing authoritarianism of the incumbent leader, President Jones. This innovative and engaging lesson plan includes procedures, readings, and handouts.
- Modern Africa: Unit Plan and Lesson Excerpts
Created by high school teacher Rachel Otty, this resource frames students’ understanding of how they should consider the study of Africa. Students will spend a week studying economic issues, specifically the debate surrounding international economic aid.
Reliable News Sources
- The Africa Policy Journal (APJ) at the Havard Kennedy School
The APJ is an HKS student-run publication that discusses policy and current affairs relating to African governance, law, education, business, health, design, and culture. In addition to articles, they regularly post interviews with distinguished African leaders who speak at HKS events.
- NEW Teaching Resource: Boko Haram: Behind the Headlines
- The US Responds to Apartheid (Curriculum)
- The Nile River Today (curriculum unit)
- 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
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