Teach Africa is The Africa Society’s flagship program, which consists of a multi-phased education initiative that garners interest in Africa and support for the inclusion of Africa education in American schools.
Teach Africa gives administrators, educators and students the unique opportunity to hear from and interact with African Ambassadors, dignitaries, and experts. Past keynote speakers and presenters have included former Secretary of State General Colin Powell; Obiageli Ezekwesili, Vice President for the World Bank Africa Region and former Minister of Education in Nigeria; and Ambassadors from African countries such as Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, and Uganda.
The program is divided into three phases:
Phase One: We convene superintendants, principals, and policymakers for a conference to discuss why it is crucial to include Africa education in American schools.
Phase Two: This phase consists of a daylong teacher’s conference during which educators receive curriculum training, lesson plans, and a multitude of Africa focused teaching aids and educational tools.
Phase Three: The third and final phase of Teach Africa is comprised of an Africa immersion youth forum. The forums typically draw one thousand middle and high school students and focus on dispelling negative stereotypes and fostering a better understanding of Africa’s diverse cultures, histories, peoples, and economies.
The Africa Society launched Phase One of Teach Africa in 2002 in Washington, D.C. Since then, the program has been successfully implemented in San Francisco, Pittsburgh, Portland, Houston, Los Angeles and Atlanta, orienting over 1,400 superintendants and principals, training over 1,700 teachers and educating over 10,000 students.
And we’re just getting started!