Geography: AS and A Level Teaching Materials
We are developing a number of lesson plans and teaching materials to meet the requirements of the new AS/A level Geography. The materials are drawn from both historic and contemporary sources. The archival sources can be accessed on this website on the SAVINEAU REPORT page. Contemporary sources are accessible on global open access platforms.
Resources: current research project in Area Studies
“Francophone Africa and the Equality Challenge: is the literate world still a man’s world?” Principal investigator: Prof C H Griffiths, Chair of Area Studies and Professor of French, University of Chester, supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund of the UK.
The infographics below have been produced for the project by Dr Monika Kukolova to illustrate the results of the research being conducted at the University of Chester under the direction of Prof Claire H Griffiths. The working title of this project is ‘Francophone Africa and the Equality Challenge’ because it is asking questions about equality issues in current development targets in this region. Here it is focusing on inequality in education. Low levels of literacy is recognised in West Africa as a huge challenge, but there are signs that the situation for girls is worsening in countries of the Sahel bordering the Sahara desert as they witness rising levels of violence and instability. The number of girls who are learning to read and write at school in the French-speaking or ‘Francophone’ countries in the Sahel region of West Africa is already considerably lower than the number of boys. At the moment millions of young women across the region have not been given the kind of sustained quality education that enables them to read a book, write an email, or clearly comprehend content written in national or international languages (English, French, modern Arabic etc) on the internet. Life for these girls and young women is fundamentally different from the lives of young people around the world who are communicating with friends, family and colleagues every hour of every day through written language across multiple digital media. This exclusion from the global world limits choices and future opportunities. The infographics focus on girls and young women aged 15 to 24. They use the latest available data from the United Nations as well as from the countries in the region that are reporting on how many girls and young women have gained the skills required to meet the UN’s definition of ‘basic language literacy’, and how many have not. The infographics highlight the extent to which the latter outnumber the former.
Questions the team are exploring when discussing these data include looking at the targetting of development spending on education. It also asks what is the average age when girls are getting and having children? Is there a correlation between literacy and age at marriage? How does violence and instability affect school attendance? Will the impact of violence and instability be different for boys and girls? Is literacy a human right? The African Union has decided it is. Regarding the practicalities of working and studying in unstable and dangerous areas, are there ways to delivery literacy training that might work well in this situation? Join the discussion in class and let us know what you think using the CONTACT page.
Si vous préférez lire ces informations et participer dans la discussion en français, veuillez contacter l’équipe par la messagerie sur la page CONTACT, et consulter les informations en français sur la page RESEARCH
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