“We have kids from Nicaragua, Guam, and Africa in my class…”
“We made masks from China, Peru, and Africa…”
“He is been to England, Africa, and Italy”
I have a pet peeve. It makes my skin crawl when I hear people referring to Africa as a country, instead of an immensely diverse continent. Did you know Africa has well over 2000 languages and innumerable ethnic groups, in its 54 countries!? My goal is to help parents and teachers dispel stereotypes by teaching a variety of stories from different countries in the continent.
One great book that counters stereotypes, “Africa is Not a Country,” gets to the heart of modern Africa: rural and urban families, living contemporary and traditional lives, and children in their homes, with their families, going to school, and playing with their friends. In this activity- which touches on 25 countries in Africa- kids will be locating and coloring countries on the map as they hear them mentioned in the story. Continue reading
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I recently watched a speech on-line by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who spoke at TEDGlobal in London in 2009 about “The Danger of a Single Story.” (please take 18 minutes to watch the inspiring talk here).
Ms. Adichie spoke about how impressionable people, especially children, are when hearing a story. The invaluable lesson is that, by only hearing a fraction of the truth (whether in the media, in school, or in popular culture), we are creating damaging misrepresentations. Continue reading
Our family is a multicultural family, including Mexican, white, Chinese, and Ethiopian roots. Among others, our kids love Dora and Diego (yay for Latin culture and Spanish language!), Ni Hao Kai-Lan (another cheer for Chinese culture and Mandarin words!)… but our littlest guy Ricky was feeling a little left out (no African kids on TV!?). Imagine my surprise today when I discovered Bino and Fino- a cartoon produced in Nigeria about 2 adorable kids here from a “modern day city in Africa” to share with us:
African history, African culture, African maps, general black history in diaspora, general educational content such as grammar and arithmetic, life skills, African songs, African languages… fun and games from all over the world (from http://www.binoandfino.com)
I am so excited about this series: an educational, African kids cartoon!!!! Check out a preview of their first episode:
Here’s a recent CNN article, interviewing the Nigerian animator: Adamu Waziri.