Guiding Principles for Best Practice
“Aha!” and “Wow, I didn’t know that!” responses from kids are important because kids need to be shaken up, out of their comfortable notion, to pay attention and to be ready to take on new concepts about Africa.
Pedagogy for best practice on Africa benefit from: 1. African voices, because Africans are rarely “heard” and often viewed as “recipients” of aid and pity and not as creators of their own lives. 2. Visuals, because kids’ visual banks are so narrow. Kids need a range of new “deposits” into their visual imaginations of Africa. 3. Connections with the U.S., because kids tend to think of Africa as “far away” and unconnected to “our” lives.