The Outreach Program is part of the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida. The Center directs, develops and coordinates interdisciplinary instruction, research and outreach on Africa. The Outreach Program includes a variety of activities whose objective is to improve the teaching of Africa in schools at the K-12, college, and university level, and also to the community. Faculty and graduate students make presentations on Africa to the community and schools around the Gainesville area, as well as offer individual consultations to educators and other groups.
The continent of Africa is one of the least taught of the world’s geographical areas. Its teaching is blurred by stereotypical images. The Center offers workshops for K-12 teachers which explore; African diversity, how to teach about Africa, ways of integrating Africa into the curricula, how to evaluate materials on Africa, recommendation of appropriate audio visual materials and special topics. Click here for more information.
Each summer, the Center for African Studies at the University of Florida hosts a K-12 Teachers Institute. The objective of the institute is to help teachers increase their knowledge about Africa and develop lesson plans to use in their classrooms. The creative lesson plans and articles from each issue of Irohin were written by participants in institutes. Click here for more information.
The Center for African Studies’ main objectives are to improve the education and the current teaching curriculum regarding the subject of Africa. Jambo! is an amazing week-long program that helps in these objectives, by introducing a select group of high school students to African culture and to contemporary Africa. You’ll be astounded at all of the things you’ll learn about Africa at the Santa Fe College for Kids.
The Outreach Director arranges exchanges between schools in the US and in Africa. The purpose of the exchanges is to encourage the students to learn about each other’s cultures through the exchange of letters, artwork, pictures and video tapes.
For further information on Outreach Programs, please contact:
Dr. Agnes Ngoma Leslie