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Southern Africa - Teachers Guide

On this Teachers Guide page you will find:

1 - Title of every update the Team has posted during this part of the Trek. NOTE: You can click on this for the Teachers' Tips - quick summaries of each of the dispatches that were posted in that update, along with activity suggestions.
2 - A brief list of the key topics covered in the update.


Click here for free Zimbabwe Lesson Plans!


South Africa - Zimbabwe
(June 12 - June 23)
Zimbabwe Stay
(June 26 - August 11)


South Africa - Zimbabwe
(June 12 - June 23)

June 23, 1999: Sawubona South Africa, MhoroZimbabwe
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  • Zulu Culture
  • A "Conversation" with Great King Shaka Zulu
  • Harare, Capital City of Zimbabwe
  • Student Massacre at Soweto
  • A typical day in the life of a Trekker

June 19, 1999: Passing the Torch in South Africa
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  • Greeting Africa's new leadership
  • Hluhluwe Umfolozi Game Reserve
  • Rugby in South Africa
  • What lies ahead for the youth of the African Century

June 16, 1999: Getting Educated, South African Style
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  • Visits to a variety of South African school including a wealthy school, a very poor school, a school in a black shantytown, and a school for disabled youth
  • A look back at apartheid
  • A visit to a South African family

June 12, 1999: South Africa - Welcome to South Africa, Go Directly to Jail!
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  • Apartheid
  • Nelson Mandela
  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • The Black Sash
  • The Team in Jail!


Zimbabwe Stay
(June 26 - August 11)

August 11, 1999: The Team Bids Zimbabwe - and Shawn - a Fond Farewell
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  • World Trekker Shawn leaves the Odyssey
  • The plight of gays and lesbians in Zimbabwe
  • People and organizations working to solve Zimbabwe's severe agricultural problems
  • The role of tobacco and the local economy

August 7, 1999: Taking Control: Zimbabwe Struggles Against the Powers That Be
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  • Agricultural greed threatens Zimbabwe
  • Two Zimbabwean teens talk about life and Zimbabwe
  • A Look at Zimbabwe's constitution
  • Education in Zimbabwe, a student activist's view
  • Ian Douglas Smith, controversial Zimbabwean leader, tries to make excuses
  • World Trade Organization and Agriculture Agreement issues

August 4, 1999: Environment vs. Development - Beauty or Beast? Click here for summaries and activities!
  • The Market Place and Traditional Food in Zimbabwe
  • Women Training for Traditional Male Occupations in Zimbabwe
  • Elephants and a Visit to Hwange National Park
  • Is it Right to Kill Elephants?
  • 1st vs. 3rd World Countries and Environmentalism

July 31, 1999: Zimbabweans Paving Paths to Brighter Futures
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  • Programs to Support Homeless Youth, and Empower and Train Youth in General
  • A School Visit, a Rain Dance, and an Exclusive Dining Resort
  • Meet a Zimbabwe Student Off to Harvard
  • Making A Difference - Youth Vote on the Rights Most Important to Them

July 28, 1999: Reading, Writing, and Recycling Zimbabwe Style
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  • Zimbabwe's Struggle for Independence
  • Three Prominent Writers From Zimbabwe
  • Strict Environmental Laws
  • Life of a Zimbabwean High School Student
  • Requirements to Join the Trek Team

July 24, 1999: The Heart of Zimbabwe: National Parks and National Crises
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  • Orphans of Parents with AIDS
  • Underdevelopment in Zimbabwe
  • Comparing Beauty in Different Cultures
  • A Dangerous Safari

July 21, 1999: Past, Present, Future: Freedom and Redevelopment in Zimbabwe
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  • African on African Violence in the 80's
  • A Young Painter in Harare
  • Rebuilding Zimbabwe After the Civil War
  • Ancient Great Zimbabwe

July 17, 1999: Zimbabwe and Mozambique: A Hero's Death and the Simple Life
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  • The Struggle for African Majority Rule
  • Death of Joshua Nkomo, a Zimbabwean Hero
  • Zimbabwean Youth Fight Rape and Disease
  • Life in Paradise - The Island of Vilankulo
  • Making a Difference - Raising Awareness about Sexual Abuse

July 14, 1999: Rags to Riches in Mozambique
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  • The Revolution in Mozambique
  • Maputo, Mozambique
  • Educational AIDS quiz
  • Rhodesia: Life Under White Rule
  • China's early explorer Zheng He

July 10, 1999: Zimbabwe and Swaziland - Of Kings, Queens and Cool Kids
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  • King Maswai III of Swaziland
  • Zimbabwe's Struggle with HIV and AIDS
  • David Livingstone and the Missionary Movement
  • Lutsango Reed Dance in Swaziland
  • Street Performers in Zimababwe

June 30, 1999: The Fabled and Factual Creation of Zimbabwe
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  • Cecil John Rhodes, colonizer of Southern Africa
  • History of the Pioneer Column
  • Fables of African Tribes
  • Shona Stone Sculptures

June 26, 1999: Everything You Ever Wanted To Know... The Rich History of Zimbabwe and Swaziland
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  • Shona people's rituals
  • Sam Bushman paintings in caves
  • Origins of Shaka Zulu
  • The Mbira Musical Instrument of the Shona People
  • Swazi history and culture



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