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July 24, 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:
Kavitha - Children Coping with the Aftermath of AIDS in Africa + Making a Difference

Describes the aftermath of the AIDS epidemic in Africa and Zimbabwe, particularly for heterosexual partners with children who are now orphaned. It offers specific suggestions for what students can do to help the situation in Zimababwe, or in their own community. It mentions Children Headed Households, the Matabeleland AIDS Council programs, including the Masiye program and the Matopos National Park.

Have students follow the guide to collecting food or toys or money for the program in Zimbabwe, or for their own community organizations.

Kavitha - Survival Skills

Kid's version available

Kavitha embarks on a trip inside Mana Pools National Park with five friends, and encounters her scariest adventure on the trip so far.

What's the greatest adventure your students have had? Can they write a story about it and have it be as fun to read as Kavitha's? Have students first think about what makes Kavitha's fun to read. What does she write in the beginning to get the reader interested? What kind of information does she give about where she is and the animals to make it sound adventurous? What does she share of her own emotions to grip the reader?

Abeja - Anger at an Unfair World

Abeja considers whether it is right to give money to child beggars, and questions why these children should have to beg at all.

This is another good one for classroom discussion, and can lead to all sorts of questions about what rights children should have, and what the best way is for a concerned person to help make a difference for those living in poverty.

Another possibility is to have students go back and take a look at one of the Making a Difference activities from when the Team was in Peru, regarding a movement to cancel the debt of huge "Third World" debtor countries: Debt, Debt and More Debt! The dispatch urges students to form an opinion, then share it with their government's leaders.

Kevin - Our Meating Was Not A Coincidence!

Kid's version available

On his visit to Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, Kevin is able to expand the limits of his cuisine with some rare meat dishes.

Take the class to see the Phantom Menace?...

OR, have them go back and look at Shawn's dispatch from Peru on why he is a vegetarian: Soy Vegetariano This is great classroom discussion stuff: Are there any vegetarians in your class? Would any of your students consider becoming vegetarian? Would any of them ever eat all the things Kevin does?

The issues around eating meat or being vegetarian can be fun, but there are serious facts behind them too. Have students research some of the points Shawn makes and see what else they can find and report back to the class.

Monica - Rapunzel, Rapunzel...

Monica gets a hair weave, and compares Western and African standards of beauty. Also touches on the 1980s war in Matabeleland and Zimbabwe's economic crisis.

Let everyone put extensions in each other's hair! Ok, maybe not.

Have students either review magazines, or watch TV for an hour and keep two lists:

  1. What are the ethnicities of the people they see? Does that correspond with that ethnicity's share of the population of your country?
  2. What do models look like? What traits are considered beautiful in your society?
Abeja - A Friend in Need...

Discusses the Girl Child Network, a young girls' counseling group in Zimbabwe. Also touches on women's empowerment, women's roles in traditional Shona society, and peer counseling programs.

Have your students write reflective journal entry about who they go to in times of need, who their best counselors are, what the pros and cons are of going to their family members. Then open it up for people to share their ideas.
 
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