Everyday Africa

 

Global education means pushing students to go beyond the inaccurate information they are confronted with on a daily basis. In a way global education is restructuring or re-teaching the information students believe to be true.

Ask students what they know about Africa and they will have a long list. Global educators must make sure students have the necessary tools to process the information. Sometimes that involves presenting information to students that conflicts with what they believe to be true.

Using a collection of images from mobile phones the Everyday Africa Project encourages people to go beyond the typical stereotypes of Africa. The Pulitzer Center created a curriculum to help teachers use the Everyday Africa Project in their classrooms. The goal is to help students understand what the majority of Africans experience on a daily basis.

The curriculum includes five easy to follow steps that will change the way teachers approach the teaching of Africa including an examination of stereotypes, discussion of news coverage in Africa, and opportunities for students to take and critique their own photographs of daily life.

The Everyday Africa Curriculum fits well into an effective global studies classroom. It shifts perspectives, it changes students by using accurate information, and it forces students to examine their own life in comparison to the world.

Teaching Tips

  • Related resources on Globe to Go that help students examine stereotypes related to Africa: I am an African Man, Teaching Africa, Danger of a Single Story.
  • Give students time to explore the Everyday Africa Project in order to find photographs that represent similarities to their own lives. This will help students to understand cultural similarities instead of focusing on the differences.
  • Since Everyday Africa uses social media to collect photographs, have students select a country in Africa where social media has made a positive impact and explain its effect with examples.
  • Examine the photographs closely for aspects of culture.
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