teachafrica6_copy4.gifTeach Africa Youth Forum

Major K-12 Initiative Launched in Western PA

A collaboration between The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa and the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh, Teach Africa is a multiphase program that encourages an integrated approach to teaching about Africa. It exposes school administrators, teachers, and students to people, cultures, politics, economics, and history that make up the African continent.

Teach Africa was designed to provide educators with the background and tools to raise student interest in Africa – with an engaging, multidisciplinary approach.

teachafrica-1c_copy1.gifPhase One
The Teach Africa initiative, held in collaboration with The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa, was launched in spring 2006 with a reception for school administrators, teachers, and members of the local African community.

Phase Two
On October 9, 2006, the World Affairs Council of Pittsburgh implemented the second phase of its Teach Africa initiative by holding a Teach Africa Workshop for K-12 Educators.

Teachers heard a keynote panel in the morning consisting of Her Excellency Faida Mitifu, ambassador of the Democratic Republic of the Congo; Dr. Cecil Blake, chair of Africana Studies at the University of Pittsburgh; Nicole Moore Peacock of the Bureau of African Affairs at the U.S. Department of State; and Dr. Gail Ifshin of the Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership.

teachafrica-07-4.jpgPhase Three
Nearly 2,000 students and teachers participated in the Teach Africa Youth Forum on October 30, 2007.

This third phase of Teach Africa, the biggest in Council history, was co-sponsored by The Africa Society of the National Summit on Africa. Partnering organizations included the African Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh and Umoja African Arts Company.

Youth Forum speakers included:
  • Linda Thomas-Greenfield, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the State Department’s Bureau for African Affairs
  • Dr. Sarah Moten, Chief of the Education Division of USAID’s Africa Bureau
  • Ambassador Lapologang Lekoa, Embassy of the Republic of Botswana
  • Florizelle Liser, Assistant United States Trade Representative for Africa
  •  Luddy Hayden, International Government Affairs Manager in Chevron’s Washington, D.C., Federal and International Government Relations Office
  • Dr. Gail Ifshin, Executive Director of Discovery Channel Global Education Partnership
  • Members of Pittsburgh Local African Communities and local Africanists

Questions? Please contact the World Affairs Council at (412) 281-7970 or  welcome@worldaffairspittsburgh.org.

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