Professional Development & Teaching Resources: Africa

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This featured photograph was taken by resident Ashrak Mascherano in Zanzibar Town, Zanzibar.

2018 Curriculum Development Grant ($1000)
Applications DUE Wednseday, September 27, 2017 5pm EST

The African Studies Center is also pleased to announce a Curriculum Development Grant for educators interested in traveling to Madagascar this summer. If awarded, up to five applicants will receive $1000 to help cover the program costs associated with the 2018 Madagascar trip. The Grant is open only to educators from minority-serving institutions (as defined by the U.S. Department of Education and more fully explained here). Preference will be given to Massachusetts educators, but educators nationwide are encouraged to apply.

Grantees will be required to complete a pre- and post-trip survey and create a trip-specific lesson plan to be published online by the Boston University African Studies Center. Requirements and guidelines will be provided with grant offer.
Interested applicants should submit the following materials to the Curriculum Development Grant application committee by Wednesday, September 27, 2017 at 5pm EST.  Please submit the following materials to the Curriculum Development Grant application committee via email at
  • Application Form (downloadable here)
  • Resume/CV
  • 1 Letter of Recommendation – The letter should speak to your abilities as an educator and your pedagogical approach to teaching area studies, especially African studies, in your classroom. Please have your recommender send the letter directly to with your name in the subject line (e.g., Jane Doe Recommendation Letter).
  • 2 page, double spaced response to the question: How will this trip impact your ability to teach about Africa in your classroom?
  • Proof of Employment – You must provide proof of employment in order to satisfy the application requirement of working at a minority-serving institution.
Applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, September 29, 2017. This will allow interested applicants to still be eligible for the 5% discount for early registrants in September. 

Summer 2018 (July 28 - August 10) Teacher Trip to Madagscar

The Outreach Program at the African Studies Center is collaborating with Global Exploration for Educators Organization (GEEO) in order to provide a educators’ travel program to Madagascar for Summer 2018. In addition to the organized educational trip itself, participants will receive PDPs, country-specific lesson plans and teaching resources, and post-trip curriculum development support. Boston University’s African Studies Center will be organizing a half-day workshop in-country, which will include lecturers from local universities and pedagogical frameworks for incorporating Madagascar into your curriculum. For updates, visit us here.

The July 28 – August 10, 2018 trip itinerary, program details, and registration information can be found here. Sign up before the end of September for 5% off the total trip price!

2017-18 Primary Source Professional Development

Primary Source is an educational organization in Watertown, MA promoting global education. The Boston University African Studies Center often collaborates with Primary Source in order to provide high quality educational resources to the widest audience of educators possible. This year’s Africa-related offerings are listed below.
Democratization & Civic Action in Africa Workshop
Wednesday, November 29, 2017, 9am-3pm 
Grades: 8-12
This workshop will explore dimensions of democratic practice that go beyond elections: the state of the press, NGOs, human rights, women’s rights, and religious communities. Using a simulation exercise, we will strive to understand the perspectives of people, including reformers, in different sectors of society. For more information, visit here.

Africans in the Age of Atlantic Slavery Online Course
November 1 - December 5, 2017
Grades: 8-12 
In this fully online course, you will examine the making of the Atlantic world and the transatlantic slave trade with special attention to African perspectives and experiences. Participants may earn 22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit. For more information, visit here.

Modern African History: Colonialism, Independence & Legacies Online Course
February 28 - March 27, 2018
Grades: 6-12
In a community of online learners, you will advance your knowledge of African history in the nineteenth through twenty-first centuries, understanding the continent’s history not as a “single story” but a multifarious one. The course will, as well, emphasize Africa’s relationship to world historical developments. Participants may earn 22.5 PDPs or 1 graduate credit. For more information, visit here.
The Outreach Program at the African Studies Center seeks to increase awareness and knowledge of Africa in New England and throughout the United States. 

Come visit the Outreach Library at 232 Bay State Road, Boston, MA 02215.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9am-5pm.
First time visitors receive a free "How Big is Africa?" poster and teaching guide.