Africa has been refered to as the "Dark Continent" since the middle of the 1800s since not too many people know a whole lot about the second largest continent. People have a lot of preconceptions about the continent, most of which are false. Rather that a continent flush with poverty, AIDs, civil war, and corruption, Africa is a mixture of over 9000s unique cultures divided among 54 sovereign states. Containing some of the fastest growing economies and populations in the world, Africa's rise is sparking new interest in the continent. Africa has its issues, just like any other place, but it is important that that is not all that is being taught about. This section is geared towards providing tips, resources, and lesson ideas about teaching about Africa. Located in order below you can find the following items:
- GIS Based Lessons - Lecture Note
- Africa Specific Resources
- Map Quiz Reviews and Map Packs
- TED Talks
GIS Based Lessons
Module 1: Agriculture and Development
Module 2: Learning Latitude and Longitude with Africa
Africa Specific Resources
BBC Earth: Africa (Physical Geography)
A BBC Earth 6 part documentary on the major ecological zones of Africa. The documentary focuses on the changing climate conditions, and the ways Africa's wildlife survives in the different biomes.
Roll Back Malaria (Development Geography)
A website with statistics, and information about the extent of malaria in Africa. There is a particular focus on what is being done to combat the disease.
Voices of Rwanda (Political/Cultural Geography)
Dedicated to preserving the memory of the Rwandan Genocide, this series documents the stories of the holocaust survivors as they remembered it.
Ghosts of Rwanda (Political/Cultural Geography)
A video documentary focusing on the genocide in Rwanda and the response, or lack there of, of the west to end the atrocities.
African Development Bank (Development)
A great resource for statistics relating to the economic growth of Africa. The site is constantly updated with information about different development projects taking place across Africa.
MAP Kibera (GIS & Urban Geography)
A project looking specifically at the slum of Kibera in the Kenyan city of Nairobi. The site includes information about the slum, and the project to map out key resources like water, sanitation lines, schools, etc...
eAtlas (GIS & Agricultural Geography)
A great wealth of information and online maps relating to agriculture in Africa. Data is collected and compiled into thematic inforgraphics with maps, graphs, and charts.
The Green Belt Movement (Land Use/Resources)
Information regarding the Green Belt movement based out of Kenya. The movement was started by Nobel Laureate Wangari Maathai to provide job for women.