Links and teaching resources on Africa
News, travel, music, general information
This website is among the Internet's largest content sites, posting over 1000 stories daily in English and French and offering a diversity of multi-lingual streaming programming as well as over 900,000 articles in a searchable archive (which includes the archive of Africa News Service dating from 1997). Strategic alliances with media and information technology companies, such as Comtex News Network, Radio France Internationale, and the BBC, extend AllAfrica's global reach. Content agreements with over 130 African news organizations provide access to prize-winning reporting on Africa.
Africa Travel Planner
The National Geographic Traveler, of which the “Africa Travel Planner” is a part, employs storytelling by some of the world’s best writers and you-are-there photography to inspire culturally aware readers to travel. The site also provides comprehensive, reader-friendly service information to enable you to go places wisely and well.
African Music on the Internet
This website, South of the Sahara, from Stanford University includes one of the best listings of African music available online—plus a wealth of links and resources on a huge range of topics.
Calling itself “Africa’s E-Village,” this website allows you to select a region or country and/or a topic and then browse the latest headlines, selected articles, live weather, forums, maps and guides and more. Its statistics, basic information, and demographics on selected African countries are quite comprehensive.
This site provides a series of classroom activities and learning resources that address the issues raised by the 2005 Commission for Africa report. The report, Our Common Interest, highlights the many challenges facing Africa, the actions needed, and six key themes are identified by the report: governance, peace and security, investing in people, poverty reduction, trade and resources. This site explores these six themes through a series of posters and classroom activities. These are supported by a series of case studies and a guide to what the Our Common Interest report says. Further ideas and resources for learning about Africa are also provided.
National Geographic: Geography Action!
Geography Action! National Geographic's annual K-12 conservation and awareness program is kicking off a five-year, round-the-world curriculum series with Africa in 3-D. On the website, teachers and students can explore the continent's rich cultures, wildlife, and landscapes.
National Geographic: EdNet
National Geographic’s “EdNet” provides online teaching materials and resources—from lesson plans to news articles—posted by EdNet teacher members and staff.
Oxfam: “Cool Planet”
Oxfam’s “Cool Planet” for teachers (and students) offers a range of online resources, from country profiles to an examination of “tropicality.” The site also offers a range of Africa-related books, videos, posters, and games for sale.
PBS: “Bring the World Into Your Classroom”
PBS’s “Bring the World Into Your Classroom” series has lessons plans and a teacher’s guide aimed at making the study of Africa an interactive classroom experience, for grades 3 – 12.
Of local note
Weekly newspaper includes regional coverage, features, sports, and weather for Arusha and the surrounding area.
AGPSF is a Lutheran non-profit public foundation that provides scholarships to more than eighty students in the Kilimanjaro and Karatu regions of Tanzania, from kindergarten to university level. In 2000 AGPSF recorded, on location, choirs throughout Northern Tanzania and produced a 2 CD-set of 49 songs called Sasa na Milele (Now and Forever). Church choirs are part of the backbone of music and community in Tanzania. Click to hear a song from the CD.
International Criminal Tribunal of Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha
Recognizing the serious violations of humanitarian law committed in Rwanda in 1994, the United Nations Security Council created the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania in November ’94. In the years since, the Tribunal has painstakingly prosecuted persons responsible for the Rwandan genocide. Visitors to Arusha can often observe the proceedings.
Tanzania: The Arusha Declaration, 1967
The Arusha Declaration was made by Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere on 5 February 1967, outlining the principles of Ujamaa (Nyerere's vision of socialism) to develop the nation's economy. The declaration called for an overhaul of the economic system, through African socialism and self-reliance in locally administered villages.