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July 14, 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:
Shawn - Five Star Hotels and the Needy Neighbors in Mozambique

Shawn is overwhelmed by the economic degradation in Maputo, the capital of Mozambique, and the overall disparity of wealth between races in the country.

See the suggestions for Abeja's dispatch.

Abeja - Poor, But Rich in Spirit in Mozambique

Abeja provides a history lesson on the plight of poverty-stricken Mozambique upon her arrival in the country's capital, Maputo.

There is a lot of information here, so it lends itself to one of two not-so-creative activities: Have the students each note five of the most interesting facts they find and then quiz each other - or have them hand them in and you create a quiz for them.

OR have students each choose one aspect of the story they find the most interesting and hold them accountable for finding an additional half-page summary of more information they find on the web on that subject. Select the four or five you think are the most solid or useful and read them aloud to the class, noting who did them and why they were selected.

Kavitha - Serious Answers to Serious Questions: A youth group dealing with AIDS

Youth group, AIDS, HIV, condoms, camping, sexual situations, women's issues.

Have your students create their own AIDS / STD's quizzes. Divide them into teams, and give them 15 seconds to answer questions. Give correct answers afterwards with full explanations.

Team - Rhodesia Speaks: What Life Was Really Like Under White Rule

Kid's version available

Excerpts from three Zimbabwean writers as insight into black life in Zimbabwe before independence. Charles Mungoshi writes about modern life in the 1960's and 70's. Sekai Nzenza Shand's excerpt describes a family friend's experiences on the white man's farm. Peter Godwin's memoir depicts pre-Independence Zimbabwe (Rhodesia) as seen through the eyes of a child and a young adult.

This can go two ways. If you wish to focus on a more literary aspect, have students write their own brief vignette about a time in their lives when they witnessed or experienced discrimination, or what they have heard about discrimination today in their society.

OR have them pretend that they are a young person living in Mozambique, either today or at some point in the last twenty years. Using the information provided in the other dispatches from this update, have them write a brief "fictinalized" vignette that includes some key facts or is grounded in the reality as described by Abeja and Shawn.

Finally, the two books cited are excellent and do not contain objectionable material - Mukiwa only briefly describes the aftermath of some battles in the war. Have students read them and respond or present in some way.

Team - Mao Donald's and Mc Eggrolls? What IF China Ruled the World?

Kid's version available

Teachers: China's early explorer Zheng He reached East Africa 50 years before Columbus. What would have happened had the Chinese been more ambitious? Would we be speaking Chinese?

This dispatch suggests a lot of questions that students may enjoy just debating. Try having them answer each paragraph briefly in class, and then go through them one by one and discuss their different responses.

  • Was it inevitable that SOME country (or countries) would go out and conquer such areas as Africa and the Americas?
  • Is there any reason to be glad that it was the Europeans that did it?
  • Are the Chinese and Indians to be admired or pitied that they didn't attempt to conquer the world when they were so strong?
  • Should it be assumed that because the Europeans conquered vast areas of Africa and the Americas that they were "superior" to the people who lived there?
  • Should it be assumed that the Europeans were superior to the Indians and Chinese?
  • Does the rapid spread of American culture throughout the world, and the very favorable reception it seems to enjoy in many places, mean that it is superior?
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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