Africa
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September 22, 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 - Water, Water, Everywhere, But Not a Drop to Drink!
Kids' Version Available

Abeja describes dehydration as a serious health concern and explains how the World Trekkers have been fighting their own battles against the intense West African heat. She also describes the challenge of finding clean water in Mali.

Explore the different methods of water purification with your students. These methods include: boiling water, using iodine tincture or tablets, and using water filters. What are the advantages and disadvantages of each technique? Which method would you recommend to the Team?

Kevin - Beam Me Up Scotty! Life in Mali.

Kevin discusses traveling and living conditions in Mali. Includes mention of Niger River, drinking water, French colony, air conditioning.

Why do you think the young Malian child poured the purified water that Kevin gave him back into the Niger river? How do you think the same child might react to some of the comforts of Western Culture? Have you ever had the chance to visit a lifestyle that was richer than your own (vacation, out to dinner, visit a friend's home)? How did you feel? Would you live like that all the time if you had the choice? Why or why not?

Jasmine - Not-So-Renewable Resources
Kids' Version Available

Meet Ibrahim Togola, the Malian founder of the Folkcenter for Renewable Energy, to learn more about the environmental efforts Malians are making to use their natural resources efficiently.

Divide the class into groups and tell them each to pretend that they are part of an organization like Folkcenter. Each group must give themselves a name and then decide what three modern conveniences are most important to teach poorer, third world nations. Is it water purification? Farming and irrigation? Electricity? They must also decide how the technology will be introduced and how the natives will be taught how to use it. Have a class discussion and try to determine which groups have the most feasible solutions and why. (Remember to take culture and tradition into account, what may be beneficial for one culture may be harmful to another)

Monica - Corps des Volontaires Maliens: Young People Making a Difference

An introduction to the work of the Malian Volunteer Corps. Their youth volunteers help communities in Mali to develop ways of combating poverty through agriculture and education. Comparisons to the Peace Corps are made.

Most people, when asked, can name at least one person in their lives that has done or said something that made all the difference and changed their lives. Whether it be a teacher in school, someone you met on the street or somebody famous, the power of an individual can change thousands. Name three of these people and list why they are an inspiration. Try to list people you know personally, as well as those that are famous.

Abeja gets M.A.D.-- She's Making a Difference

Exploration of the dangers of Nestle's formula milk promotion in Africa with suggestions for how students can make a difference.

Write Nestle a letter and tell them what you and your class think of their business practices. Have a class discussion about different ways to get others to boycott Nestle products. What other companies are exploiting third world countries for profit?

 
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