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July 10, 1999 Update
Remember, the "Kids' Versions" are aimed at K-6.

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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Abeja - It's Good to be King! Or is it?

Kid's version available

Considers the life of the young King Maswai III of Swasiland, including public opinion of him. Also touches on the topics of the Lusango Reed Dance, the Queen Mother, Sibebe, kraal, monarchy, and polygamy.

Have kids consider this question: If you found out that you were going to be made the head of your country (the President or Prime Minister, for example) in ten years, what would you do to prepare? How would you change your life, your personality?

OR, have them briefly consider the advantages and disadvantages of a monarchy, citing the points that Abeja makes.

Kavitha - Bug Off! AIDS in Africa

A brief history of Zimbabwe's struggle with HIV and the AIDS virus, including statistics, education and what the youth of Zimbabwe are doing to educate their communities.

A brief history of Zimbabwe's struggle with HIV and the AIDS virus, including statistics, education and what the youth of Zimbabwe are doing to educate their communities.

Kavitha - Misconceptions about AIDS in Zimbabwe

Kavitha encounters a survey project being conducted in Zimbabwe to include people outside the work sector, thereby providing a clearer picture of the AIDS problem in the country.

Have your students check out the Making a Difference activity below!

OR, have students conduct their own survey in their school or neighborhood around AIDS issues.

Kevin - 202 Smiles at the End of a School Day

Kid's version available

A visit with the Harare Arts Club, an organization to promote community arts, activities, awareness, Zimbabwe, dance, drama, music, AIDS, rape, child abuse, unemployment, after school programs, recreation and more.

This would be a bigger assignment than most, but certainly worth it. Have the kids in your class plan small performances, in small groups, for either a neighboring senior citizen's home, or a school with younger kids. The senior citizens and younger kids will love it, and the students will get a lot out of it too. Give them bonus points if they can include things that they have learned about Zimbabwe to make it educational AND entertaining.

Monica -"Dr. Livingstone I presume?" - David Livingstone and the Missionary Movement

Kavitha and Monica visit Victoria Falls, a designated World Heritage Site. Monica also reflects on the positive and negative influences that the missionaries had on the native people of Zimbabwe.

Have your students imagine that they are living in the times when the first European colonists, including the missionaries, arrived in Africa. What would your students, as a class, do to help the Africans? Is there anything they could do, really?

Have them brainstorm individually what the options are. Then have them get in small groups and decide on one option as the best. Have them present their proposal to the class and try to persuade them to adopt their plan.

NOTE: It works great to tell the presenters that they will get a better grade if the rest of the class tries to attack their strategy. This way they will encourage the other students to try to really explore the pros and cons of each proposal. It's an easy and fun exercise, but one that is very relevant today: What can we do as individuals or small groups of people in the face of major trends, even when we see that they are destructive?

Shawn - The King and I

A visit with the Harare Arts Club, an organization to promote community arts, activities, awareness, Zimbabwe, dance, drama, music, AIDS, rape, child abuse, unemployment, after school programs, recreation and more.

This story works well in conjunction with the activities for Abeja's article.

Making A Difference - Paint a Perfect Picture

This Making A Difference ties into the AIDS/HIV problems in Zimbabwe and how youth worldwide can help out. It covers a post project that can create AIDS/HIV awareness.

Follow the dispatch and have kids create posters advertising better ways to combat AIDS, or how to avoid it, or how to live with it. Like real advertising agencies, have everyone present their creative work to the class and explain why they arrived at the message they did. Definitely display in the school hallways!

 
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