I completed this site as part of my anthropology studies at Colby College in the spring of 2009. I became interested in teaching about Africa after spending my Junior spring abroad at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. While there I realized that my prior education, especially that in high school, had not adequately illuminated all the struggles, beauties, and achievements of contemporary Africa. Through communication with my own high school history teachers I found that the problem was not that teachers did not want to teach about contemporary Africa, but that no space existed in which teachers could find teaching and learning resources about the continent. These conversations were my inspiration to create this site filled with public resources which can be understood by high school students.
I like to think of this site as an ongoing project, and there are a multitude of further topics and resources which can be added to this curriculum. Further more, I hope that this site inspires textbook and national curriculum producers to add contemporary Africa. If you have found this site helpful or believe there is a topic which should be added, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 6, 2009