What comes to your mind when you think about Africa?
For me, it conjures images of a home away from home, of incredible diversity, and of many, close friends whom I love dearly. As an International Development professional, I worked in many diverse and multifaceted countries in Africa including Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, and Rwanda.
A view walking from Nuru International's Granary that stored maize in Isibania, Kenya, where I worked as the Leadership Program Manager for one year.
So often, the continent of Africa is thought of as one singular place, with one singular culture, where according to the media, only bad things happen. Part of my personal mission with Imprints Press, is to help others, including children, realize that the world is full of beautiful, diverse places and people. Africa is not a country--it is a continent filled with many languages, cultures, and people. Let's step outside of our comfort zones, challenge stereotypes, and make an effort to learn about Africa in a more realistic and true-to-life way.
In no particular order, check out these 4 resources for teaching kids and students about Africa!
Created in Nigeria, Bino and Finoprovides a fresh perspective on Africa that both kids and adults can appreciate. Down to the last detail, including the realistic accents and placement of every day African scenery, this cartoon shows kids a modern, fun, and well-balanced picture of what it means to live and learn in Africa.
Bino and Fino has officially been kid tested and approved by my nephew. Whenever I babysit him, he always says “I want to watch the one where Bino has a cold.” If you want to sample some free links on YouTube click here, they won’t disappoint!
This app lets you “read, listen, and watch authentic African stories, animations, and films with your child anywhere from your mobile device.” Dream Africa is a subscription service and there are two options, one for unlimited monthly and one for yearly access. At $5.99/month and $54.99/year, the content is affordable and will keep kids learning and engaged.
These flash cards are a fun and entertaining way to help kids learn bite-sized information about the continent. The images on each card help kids to visualize important aspects about the featured information and give them a glimpse into some of the most diverse and important parts of Africa.
Africa is big! With 54 countries, the continent can fit the US, China, India, and most of Europe well within its landmass. Help kids get a better understanding of geography by using this Africa GeoPuzzle.