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Admin-Net-Africa

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this is a useful website to glean up-to-date country profile information on governmental authorities, public services, cultural and civic organizations. Be aware of the fact that many non-African countries are included as well.

Africa

Posted by: globaledadmin on Monday, February 8, 2010

Recommended because it provides a wealth of general information about Africa. From Algeria to Zimbabwe, the information and student activities provide an introduction to Africa’s rich cultural heritage. Each of the five geographic regions is explored along with African climate, vegetation, wildlife, literature, art and music. A good resource for introducing students in the early elementary grades to Africa.

Citation: Gillespie-Washington, Barbara Publisher: Teacher Created Materials: October 1, 1998

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Africa Renewal

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it provides accurate news and analysis on the critical economic and development challenges facing Africa. Strength(s) of site — easy to navigate, briefing papers are available in English and French. Start by clicking on About Africa Recovery . Learn about the purpose and focus of this unique organization. Be aware of this site was originally reviewed by the Stanford University Outreach Center for African Studies .

Africa Reparations Movement

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Recommended because it is an organization that seeks to obtain reparations for the enslavement and colonization of African people in Africa and the African Diaspora. Goals also include return of African artifacts to Africa, acknowledgment of Africa’s contributions, and education of youth about Africa. Start by visiting the link titled Information About ARM . Here visitors can read about the goals and aims of the organization.

Africa World Press Guide

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Recommended because this is the electronic version of the print guide – Africa World Press. The Africa World Press Guide is an annotated guide to educational resources from and about Africa. The resources are organized according to 28 topics. Examples of topics include reviews of literature focusing on African issues, conflict resolution, the environment, music, women’s issues and much more. Originally reviewed by the University of Wisconsin-Madison, African Studies Outreach Program .

Africa: Education, Communication and Development

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Recommended because it is an online resource for obtaining an annotated directory of sites on distance education in Africa. Strength(s) of site — easy to navigate, loads quickly. Start by visiting the Distance Education Institutions in Africa . This link provides additional annotated directories relevant to distance education on the continent.

AfricaFocus Bulletin

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Recommended because this website features high-quality analysis and progressive advocacy on African issues, with particular attention to priority issues affecting the entire continent, such as HIV/AIDS, refugees and conflict, debt and trade, and democratization. The heart of the website consists of issues of AfricaFocus Bulletin. Both web and bulletin are independent, and not subsidized by any government, foundation, or organization. Articles provide concise but thorough summaries of a given issue, with key excerpts from media, government and other press releases and documents. Start by going to the home page to browse current issues, or to choose a country and search the archives.

African American Institute, Washington, D.C.

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Recommended because it seeks to promote an understanding of Africa in America and expand educational and professional opportunities for Africans. Strength(s) of site include: easy to navigate, pages load quickly. Start by clicking on African Perspectives . Patrons will have access to reports and online discussions relevant to the examination of U.S. policy toward Africa.

African Books Collective (Publisher & distributor of books from Africa)

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Recommended because African Books Collective is owned and governed by 63 independent African publishers. It seeks to strengthen indigenous African publishing through accessibility to African scholarship and culture. It is non-profit making, and supported by government agencies and development organizations. See sections on folklore, children’s books, literature, history, law, humor, and many other topics. Start by clicking on children’s books .

African Governments on the Internet

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Recommended because this site provides website references for national and local government offices, political parties, ministries, and other country-specific information. Be aware of the fact that some countries will have numerous websites while others will not.

African Organizations & Associations around the World (Michigan State)

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Recommended because it provides an annotated list of African organizations and associations. Start by clicking on the organization of interest for further exploration.

African Radio Stations

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Recommended because patrons can access radio stations and other media in several African countries namely Algeria, Benin, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya and Liberia. Also patrons can listen to music and the news. Elizabeth Akingbola Last Modified: 09/06/2004

African Studies Association

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Recommended because it is an organization that seeks to bring together people with a scholarly and professional interest in Africa. Strength(s) of site — easy to navigate, provides information about the annual conference. Start by visiting the link titled “Publications” . Here visitors can find out about the publications available from the African Studies Association.

African Studies Center (at the University of Pennsylvania)

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Recommended because it is a vital and forward-looking center where researchers, students and cultural and business entities come to gain knowledge of contemporary and historical Africa. The site coordinates a wide range of course offerings in anthropology, demography, economics, history, language, literature, politics, religion, and sociology. Specialized issues are addressed through the University’s research programs, professional schools, and interdisciplinary centers. The geographic interests of Penn Africanists span the continent — including Francophone and Islamic countries — and extend to the African diaspora throughout the world.

African Union

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Recommended because this pan-African organization, founded in 1999, works for the integration and the advancement of its African member states in political, social, economic, and cultural areas. The organization fulfills the role of the previous Organization of African Unity. Headquartered in Abuja, Nigeria, the AU has taken significant initiatives particularly in the area of regional security and conflict.

Africare

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Recommended because it is the oldest and largest African-American private charitable organization devoted to humanitarian assistance in Africa. Africare works in 25 African nations, addressing needs in food security, agriculture, health and HIV/AIDS, water resources, basic education, microenterprise development, governance initiatives and emergency relief. Founded on the premise of African-Americans giving back to Africa, the organization’s board and staff are particularly diverse, and include such notables as Nelson Mandela as honorary chair of the board.

Afrique Francophone

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Recommended because it is an excellent resource on French-speaking Africa, people, and culture. It links to literature, media, countries, and culture and music. Be aware of the fact that this online resource is written in French.

Allafrica.com

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Recommended because this online resource is one of the best electronic distributors of news on Africa. Provides a choice between updated regional or country specific news. Start by exploring resources on the region or country under study. Be aware of the fact that some news stories are available in French.

Association of Concerned African Scholars

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Recommended because it is an organization of scholars concerned with the policies of the U.S. government towards Africa. Start by visiting the link titled Additional Resources. Here, visitors have access to other organizations concerned with national and international issues relevant to Africa.

BBC News: World Edition: Africa

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Recommended because this site offers coverage of current events about Africa from the BBC News. Good for current events about African countries and related stories. Easy to navigate with good, reliable links. Start by clicking on African Perspective . African Perspective is a weekly audio program that takes an in-depth look at life in Africa.

Boston University’s African Studies Center’s Outreach Program

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Recommended because it seeks to increase awareness and knowledge of Africa by providing information and educational materials for schools, libraries and museums. Strength of site — The Outreach Program houses a resource library open to the general public. The library’s collection circulates many materials that will be of interest to classroom teachers. The curriculum guides and lesson plans in the collection cover a wide variety of topics ranging from history, to literature to country specific units. Audio-visual resources may be borrowed through the mail while print materials are generally only available to visitors of the library. The library also offers two traveling kits Ghana Resource Kit and the Kenya Resource Kit. These kits include photo sets and curriculum guides. The traveling kits may be borrowed locally from the African Outreach Center or shipped nationally through the Boston Children’s Museum. The museum’s telephone number is 1-800-370-5487. Start by requesting the “What Do We Know About Africa?” video. This thirty-minute video discusses and dispels the stereotypes associated with the continent and provides a general overview of the continent’s geography, culture and history.

Economic Commission for Africa

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Recommended because it seeks to promote and support economic, social and international cooperation for Africa’s development. Strength(s) of site — easy to navigate, press release documents are accessible by theme or year. Start by visiting the link titled About ECA , which includes an overview of the organization.

Embassy.org

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Recommended because this site lists information for the U.S.-based embassies of most African countries. Links to other country-specific information are also provided in many cases.

Financial Gazette

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Recommended because it is one of Southern Africa’s leading weekly business and financial newspaper available online. Strength of site: news stories reflect the economic and political climate of Zimbabwe and neighboring countries in the region. The online archive is available from 2004 to 1997. Start by visiting National Report section. Visitors can read about the political or economic dilemmas faced by countries in the southern region, particularly Zimbabwe. Be aware of the fact that the news stories may be more than a few days old.

Harambee Schools Kenya

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Recommended because it is one of several charity organizations that work with rural Kenyan communities to improve educational standards and opportunities. Strength(s) of the site – loads quickly and is easy to navigate. Start by visiting the link titled The Schools . Visitors can read about the schools that comprise Harambee Schools in Kenya. Also available are news stories about education in Kenya.

Indiana University’s African Studies Program

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Recommended because it serves as an online, annotated database of curriculum materials and videos available for teaching about Africa. Strength of site — The African Studies Outreach Program has made available to faculty, staff and students of any institution access to these educational materials. The only cost for using the materials rests in the postage needed to return materials to the Outreach Program office. All materials can be borrowed for up to two weeks and requests can be made by regular mail or email. Start by visiting the Resources for Elementary Grades and/or Resources for Middle and High School Grades sections. Each link provides a wide variety of resources for teaching about African culture, history, literature and education in Africa.

Integrated Regional Information Networks (IRIN)

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Recommended because this site, which grew out of UN coordination efforts in Africa’s Great Lakes region, seeks to inform the public on political, economic, and social issues affecting humanitarian efforts on the African continent. Strength of site: information is available in a range of formats such as special reports, daily updates, weekly digests in French, English and Kiswahili. Formats are available by email to subscribers. Start by searching under the region or country of interest. Be aware of the fact that information is available in English, French and Kiswahili.

Interaction

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Recommended because this is the largest alliance of US-based international development and humanitarian non-governmental organizations, most of which work in Africa or on issues affecting Africa. In addition to their individual work in poverty reduction and justice issues, the coalition gives collective voice on issues of common concern. Start by going to Interaction’s member list to get a sense of the 160 organizations, and to pursue links to them. Africa issues are also listed under “What’s New”.

International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH)

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Recommended because it is an organization that seeks applications from school teachers, college and university professors, and school administrators who wish to spend one academic year helping to improve the quality of education in both English and French-speaking African countries. Strength(s) of site easy to navigate, has information about several programs that focus on Africa. Start by exploring the Teachers for Africa Program section. This program began in 1992 and places experienced American teachers, professors, and education administrators in sub-Saharan African countries for one academic year. Eligibility: Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents; be in good health; have a college degree (graduate degrees preferred); and a minimum of three years of experience. Applicants are sought with teaching experience in education (curriculum development, planning and administration, methodology, etc.), special education, English (including TESL), biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics, statistics, economics and other areas. Benefits: The Teachers for Africa program pays the cost of placement, orientation, international transportation, health insurance, and provides a monthly stipend and an allowance for pre-departure and settling in costs. Applications and information may be obtained by Teachers for Africa, (480) 443-1800; e-mail recep@primenet.com; or writing IFESH-Teachers for Africa Program, Suite 260, 5040 East Shea Boulevard, Phoenix, AZ 85254-4610. Be aware of the fact that this site is currently under construction. Elizabeth Akingbola Last Modified: 13/06/2004

Jeune Afrique

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Recommended because it is an online magazine devoted to presenting the perspectives of French-speaking Africans. Strength of site — it is a weekly magazine published in Paris by Africans from all Francophone countries on the continent. Be aware of the fact that this site is written in French.

Life in Africa

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Recommended because this site contains perspectives on issues affecting Africans through articles, poetry, art and other medium. Based in Kampala, Uganda, much of the material is locally produced and set in the context of residents’ daily lives. Start by going to the click4africa link at the site to engage in open forum discussion on issues. Be aware of the fact that this site is a work in progress. Some links may not be developed.

Maneno Magazine for Kids

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Recommended because it is an online resource from Kenya for young students. ica. Strength(s) of site — provides fun, educational activities, and seeks to expose young learners to an African – Kenyan perspective. Maneno Magazine for Kids . Maneno is a superior, children’s magazine targeting African children aged between 6 – 14 years old. It is a full color 40-page smorgasbord of informative and educational stories, comics and interactive activities designed to captivate & entertain its target readers, releasing them from the fear of their own curiosity. The content is strongly African though contemporary recognizing global relevance.(Description of magazine provided by website). Be aware of the fact that this site can be accessed in English and French. It was formerly linked to a Kids Only section of Africa Online.

Middle East Times

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Recommended because it is an online source for obtaining current news information about North African countries. Strength(s) of site — an independent weekly newspaper that serves North Africa and Middle Eastern countries. Print and email editions of the newspaper are available. Start by reading the day’s top stories. Be aware of the fact that some links may not be working properly.

New York Times – Africa

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Recommended because it serves as another online source for obtaining current news about Africa. Strength(s) of site: easy to navigate, loads quickly, and searches can be executed by country. Access to many of the news stories will require registration. The New York Times online edition of the newspaper is free. Start by reading the current news stories.

Ohio University’s African Studies Program

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Recommended because it provides an overview of African studies programs and events at Ohio University. Start by visiting the Institute for the African Child , which is devoted to issues affecting African children and their households.

Relief Web

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Recommended because this website, managed by the U.N. Department of Humanitarian Affairs, provides a wealth of information on regional crises in Africa and elsewhere in the world. The site provides background information and analyses of conflict and humanitarian disasters, funding appeals and professional resources (including job postings). The site has a vast array of maps detailing refugee movements, food and health situations, combattant areas and other variables for affected countries and regions. Start by taking the tour of the site, listed under Headlines, to learn how to best navigate the site.

South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission

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Recommended because the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) was set up by the Government of National Unity to help deal with what happened under apartheid. The conflict during this period resulted in violence and human rights abuses from all sides. No section of society escaped these abuses. Although the TRC is now closed (closed early 2002), video recordings of the hearings are available by contacting Sias Scott Ph: +27 (0)11 714 6959.

Stanford University Center for African Studies

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Recommended because the Berkeley Stanford Joint Center for African Studies (JCAS) serves as a resource on Africa for the larger community including K-12 and post-secondary students and educators, the media, business, and the general public. Currently JCAS outreach efforts have three main goals: continuing K-12 curriculum development and teacher training activities, elaborating its ties with other regional post-secondary institutions and intensifying is interactions with the media and business. The Center staff receives institutional support from two key complementary units on the Berkeley and Stanford campuses, respectively, the Stanford Program on International and Cross-Cultural Education (SPICE) and the Office of Resources for International and Area Studies (ORIAS). Since 1985 SPICE has developed eight units on Africa, including three for French language classes. Recent units include Understanding Hunger in Africa (for high school through college),Rural East Africa (elementary level, and Islamic Art and Civilization (middle school). Other SPICE units of relevance to Africa are Episodes in the History of South Africa, What is Development? The outreach activities of ORIAS include providing speakers and resources on international topics, organizing educator workshops and in-service session, creating resource packets and curriculum units, distributing resources developed by ORIAS and the affiliated centers, publishing a newsletter, maintaining an interactive website, and providing orientation to online resources. Start by going to the SPICE link, and search “Africa” to see recent lesson packages.

Taking it Global

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Recommended because this site encourages youth (mainly high school and young adults)to exchange views on global issues and become involved in youth organizations that promote dialogue and change. After registering (for free), Start by clicking on on opportunities, then on the world site map to choose a country. TIG has members from all over Africa, so clicking on a country will list members and the biographic profiles they post. Members can also participate in discussions (monitored to avoid hate language and other abusive exchange), learn about youth conferences in a given country, and read up on issues such as the environment, education, music, and so forth. Be aware of the fact that this site is based in Toronto, and can be accessed in Spanish, French, Arabic, and Russian as well as English.

Textbooks and Dreams

Posted by: globaledadmin on Friday, April 23, 2004

Recommended because this video program explores the different school systems that exist in Africa, from rural classrooms that are taught under the shade of a tree, to city schools with their modern facilities. It examines non-formal education offered by local communities in practical skills such as agriculture, sewing, and wood working. It also looks at the issues of access to school and job availability for those completing an advanced formal education. Originally reviewed by the Ohio International Council – Ohio University .

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The East African Standard

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because this online resource provides an East African focus as it relates to the headline news, business, and sports. Start by visiting the Regional News section. Once here, patrons have access to a plethora of links related to news stories in East Africa. Be aware of the fact that news stories may be more than a month old.

The Flying Inkpot Presents: International News Links

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Recommended because of its list of online newspapers across Africa. Strength of site – provides links to newspapers divided into these categories: General News Resource, North Africa, South Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, and South Africa. Easy to search for online newspapers in a particular region of Africa. Start by clicking on the region under study. Be aware of the fact that some of the news links are not working.

The Internet and Women’s Democratic Organizing

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Recommended because the project seeks to facilitate women’s social and political activism and regional networking through Internet technologies. (From the webpage.) Be aware of the fact that the website has not been updated since 2002.

The Stanford Program on International and Cross Cultural Education (SPICE )

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Recommended because it provides educators with curriculum resources on international and cross-cultural topics. SPICE focuses heavily on the Far East, with excellent resources (including multimedia resources) for educators. There are opportunties for teacher workshops and professional development, a scholars program for students, and National Clearinghouse for US-Japan Studies dedicated to providing educators with quality web resources.  Updated by Sara Adducchio 2012.

The Travels of Ibn Battuta — A Virtual Tour with the 14th Century Traveler

Posted by: globaledadmin on Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Recommended because of its virtual tour across many countries in the Arab World in medieval times. This site is created by a teacher for the classroom. Topics and materials include Morocco Across North Africa, Cairo, Egypt, On to Syria & Palestine, The Hajj: Medina to Mecca, Persia & Iraq, Further into Persia, The Arabian Sea & East Africa, Anatolia, The Steppe, Return to the Steppes, Delhi, Escape from Delhi, Malaysia & China, Return Home, Andalusia & Morocco, Journey to West Africa, and Writing the Story of Ibn Battuta’s Travels — The Rihla. Reviewed originally by April Lukacsko, 4/17/02.

The Washington Post: Africa

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because it offers coverage of current news stories in Africa. Strength of site – a reliable source for accessing current new stories in Africa. Start by clicking on the International Spotlight link. This link provides access to country-specific information about Angola, Congo, Cote D’ivoire, Liberia, and Tanzania. Be aware of the fact that access to news stories will require one to register online with the Washington Post. Registration is free.

Trans Africa Forum

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Recommended because it is an organization that provides commentary and scholarship on policy issues related to Africa and the Caribbean. Strength of site — seeks to educate Americans in general and African Americans in particular on such topics as human rights, democracy and global economic policies on the continent. Start by the Internship Program. The purpose of the internship program at Trans-Africa Forum is to provide students with an opportunity to study the actual formulation and implementation of foreign policy from unique vantage points. Internship opportunities are offered to students from high school, undergraduate, professional and graduate study levels. An overall grade point average of 3.0 is required to participate in and remain in programs.

U.S. Dept of State-Bureau of African Affairs

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Recommended because this site provides official US policy statements and analyses on country and regional issues of growth and development, health, HIV/AIDS, security, culture, and other issues. Also provides embassy information and links to CIA factsheets, maps, and background notes.

University of California at Los Angeles James C. Coleman African Studies Center

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Recommended because the centerpiece of the outreach office’s efforts is the annual Summer Teacher’s Institute on Africa. The Institute is designed for intermediate and secondary school humanities, social science, and language arts teachers who are interested in strengthening and enriching their course content on Africa. In addition, the Center’s longstanding linkage with UCLA’s Fowler Museum of Cultural History has resulted in the development of several K-12 curriculum modules on African art, including “Elephant: The Animal and Its Ivory in African Culture,” and “Isn’t S/He a Doll: Play and Ritual in African Sculpture.” For information about ordering, please contact the Education Department at the Fowler Museum (310) 206-5663. The Center emphasizes public education through a lecture series, which encourages debate, and discussion, sponsors research and policy symposia, and hosts a biennial memorial lecture honoring the memory of the late Professor James S. Coleman and his contributions to the field of African studies. The Center collaborates with a wide variety of community groups and institutions in its public education program, including the African Community Resource Center, the Pan African Film Festival, the Constituency for Africa, and City of Los Angeles. The Center’s website provides a growing number of users, including teachers with links to Africa related resources on the Internet, and information about Africa related programming.

University of Wisconsin’s African Studies Program

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Recommended because it offers conferences and workshops for educators, a speakers bureau, and an audio-visual center. Also available is an instructional materials center that includes collections of books for teaching at all levels, reference works, maps, posters from South Africa, cassettes and videos, and art objects. Also has a library of 7,000 35 mm slides catalogued by country and subject area. Recently made several of its curriculum units, essays, and articles available through its website, including “Africa South of the Sahara,” and “Aspects of African Culture.” Books in their collection are non-circulating. Slides and videos are available for loan to Madison-area teachers. Requests for borrowing materials outside of Dane County are handled on an individual basis. Outreach: (608) 263-2171 E-mail: AFRST@macc.wisc.edu Be aware of the fact that UW is also home to the National African Language Resource Center , which produces materials for the learning and teaching of many African languages.

Wonders of the African World

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, March 22, 2005

Recommended because this website explores the great African civilizations of Nubia, the Great Zimbabwe, Timbuktu, Ethiopia, the Swahili Coast, and the Kingdoms of Dahomey and the Ashanti. The website was constructed by Henry Louis Gates, a Harvard historian, to parallel his PBS/BBC video series exploring these themes. The site works to illuminate the achievements of Africans in these civilizations, and to debunk earlier historical bias or oversight of them. Gates examines this history and the questions it raises from an African-American perspective, in such sections as What Africa Means to Me . Start by reading through the home page and the Wonders page to get a general overview and click on the site map of Africa. Specific to Ghana, go to the Slave Kingdoms . Be sure to visit the sections for kids and classroom for lesson plans. 

Yale University’s Council on African Studies

Posted by: globaledadmin on Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Recommended because the Yale Council on African Studies works in concert with Programs in International Education Resources (PIER) at Yale Center for International and Areas Studies and focuses on expanding and enhancing Africanist knowledge in schools, colleges, universities, civic groups, the business communities, and the media. Services include a two-week intensive summer course in Africa Studies annually, consultation with schools and businesses, professional development, faculty lecture series, speakers bureau, language training, provision for print and audiovisual resources, educational visits to Africa and library fellowships. Outreach: (203) 432-3438 E-mail: african.studies@yale.edu