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September 8, 1999 Update
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The team generated the following reports: Try the following activities:
Abeja - Djenne: Ancient City of Mud
Kid's Version Available

Abeja navigates through a mud village to shop for local ingredients at the Djenne market to make traditional peanut sauce.

While shopping for peanut sauce ingredients, Abeja notices that the food offered in the markets is the same all over Mali, local produce. In the market in Mali the vendors do all of the chopping, slicing, grinding and packing of the foods Abeja is buying. Discuss where the food in your local market or supermarket comes from and how it is processed, and how this is similar to or different from what Abeja saw in the market in Djenne.

Monica - Think Globally, Act Globally

Monica talks with three Peace Corps volunteers in Mali, and explains what it's like to be an American living and working in Mali.

Would your students like to live and work in another country for a while? Where would they want to go? How would they want to help the people living in that country?

Jasmine - Life Along the Niger River

Monica visits the ruins of Djenne Djeno, a 2,250 year old settlement and learns its history and legends.

Imagine if there were no main street or highway in your town, only waterways. How would life be different? Have the students write a description or draw a picture of everyday life in your town if the streets were made of water.

Kevin - Stuck on a Boat to Timbuktu

Food rationing, storm conditions, and mosquito torture cause the trek to Timbuktu to be an arduous journey by pinasse (long, skinny motor-powered boat).

Imagine if there were no main street or highway in your town, only waterways. How would life be different? Have the students write a description or draw a picture of everyday life in your town if the streets were made of water.

Team - The Memory of Mankind - Tales from Ancient Mali

A quick overview of the story of Sundiata, a Medieval ruler and conqueror and Mali's most famous king. Information on the griots - keepers of Mali's tradition of oral history.

Every culture has legends and stories about their great leaders of the past. Who are your culture's great leaders and what are some stories about them? Every culture also has keepers of these stories, masters of culture, history, law, etc., like the griots of Mali. Who are the griots of your culture?

Team - Making A Difference - Who Will Mop Up Their Mess? Shell and Chevron Wreak Havoc in Nigeria

Frank discussion of the devastating human rights abuses and environmental destruction still occurring in the West African country of Nigeria. Mainly because of American oil companies, namely Shell and Chevron, who continue to spend billions of dollars per year in search of new sources of oil at the expense of biodiversity and indigenous cultures.

This devastation is funded by oil companies, who are funded by us, the consumers, when we buy their products. Indirectly, we are contributing to this tragedy. How can we make a difference? Ask your students to think and/or write about ways that they can reduce their own consumption of oil and oil products in their everyday life.

Abeja - The Earliest Rock Climbers
Kid's Version Available

Abeja visits the region in Mali occupied by the ancestors of the Pygmy and is amazed by the structures and physical gifts required to have lived in that region. The sidebar piece describes Abeja saving the life of a drowning victim in Mali.

Have you or someone you know ever saved a life? Saving a life is helping people in the extreme. However, there are things we can do every day to help people. What are some of those things?

 
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