Africa
Teacher's Guide
 

August 18, 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 - Ask Dr. Ocloo: Women's Job Training 101

*Kid's Version Available

Kavitha meets Dr. Ocloo, a self-made entrepreneur dedicated to empowering Ghanaian women and youth through industry and agriculture. Includes information on women's roles in Ghana.

See the Making A Difference below for an activity that helps students appreciate all types of jobs that are important in their respective towns and communities.

Abeja - Camera Shy

*Kid's Version Available

Abeja and Kavitha take a stroll in Accra, Ghana, soon after their arrival in the West African country. Abeja finds many photo opportunities but not much interest from her potential subjects.

The trekkers have taken beautiful photos in each country they've visited so far and have done so with few problems (except for the occasional stolen camera!). But in Ghana, they have been met with some resistance. Part of this resistance comes from governmental fear of a political coup and it partly comes from a shyness amongst the Ghanaian people. Discuss with your students the topic of privacy and respect. What should the trekkers consider before snapping photos of people and government-related objects? Is it sometimes better to go without a photo?
Kevin - One Wild Ride: Breaking Traffic Laws in Burkina Faso

Kevin describes his love of motorcycles (and his accident), and tells a story about riding one in Burkina Faso and the misadventures that followed.

Kevin reports from Bobo-Dioulasso, Burkina Faso today, where preferred forms of transport for many are motorcycles or smaller motorbikes. This is true in many African and Asian cities where cars are rare commodities. As Kevin suggests by describing his accident in San Francisco, motorcycles can be really dangerous. What are the pros and cons of riding motorbikes, assessing environmental, financial and safety perspectives? Would the city be cleaner and safer if everyone rode bicycles instead? Why don't they?

Abeja - Comprende?

Abeja reaches the end of the road in her ability to communicate with indigenous people through Spanish and/or Portuguese. Even her basic use of French falls on mostly deaf ears in the country, as French is second to a dozen West African dialects in the Ivory Coast.

Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is a country of many, many languages, as are many African nations. The diversity of language adds both richness and challenges to the business of being a single country. Communication and progress are rather difficult tasks. To demonstrate the complications of many languages, divide your class into several groups. One group can speak and interact normally. One group cannot speak but can only communicate using hand signals. A third group can speak but cannot make eye contact with anyone from other groups. Try having representatives from each group work together on an activity and see how successful they are. Afterwards, talk about the problems they encountered and ways that they overcame the communication difficulties.

Making A Difference- Who Wants to Clean Out the Sewers?

*Kid's Version Available

A brainstorming activity helps students to examine the interrelationships and value of the individual, community, and work.

People do different types of work for a variety of reasons. They might have a talent, learn a skill, choose a lucrative profession, work in a family business or just fall into something. Have kids introduce themselves to someone this week who is doing them and the community a service. Garbage man? Gardener? Policeman? Have kids ask them what they like about their jobs, what they dislike etc. and then write up a short summary of "Someone Making a Difference Everyday."

 
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