Fulbright Hays-Group Projects Abroad (Africa)
We offer opportunities for educators to travel to an African country under the Fulbright Hays-Group projects abroad program sponsored the U.S. Department of Education. This program provides an opportunity for curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Over the years we have led groups to West Africa (Ghana, Senegal and the Gambia), and more recently we led a group to Ethiopia. Participants usually drawn from the schools in our area and the greater Western Pennsylvania have had the opportunity to travel to Africa to experience Africa first hand and enhance their professional competence in Africa as a world region and be able to generate specific grade level instructional resources for their classrooms. Participants spend 4 – 5 weeks in an African country acquiring resource materials for curriculum development in the modern foreign language or area studies programs. Resource materials may include artifacts, documents, books, educational films, museum reproductions, recordings, and other instructional materials. We continue to provide these travelling seminars particularly for educators interested in expanding their own perspectives and wishing to infuse the teaching of Africa in their classrooms.
Ethiopia Fulbright Hays Lesson Plans
American educators travled to Ethiopia for four weeks during the suimmer of 2017 and worked directly with Ethiopian educators to build curricula. Their ethnographic research involved visiting artists at work, interviewing entrepreneurs and religious leaders, and experiencing the culture and traditions by learning to dance and sing alongside local performers. These lesson plans display a body of diverse projects crafted by the educators participating in the Fulbright Hays Group Projects Abroad in Ethiopia. Please use the resulting lesson plans as you see best in your classroom or learning environment.
Teaching Africa Workshop
We coordinate a teaching Africa workshop for returning participants from the Group projects abroad in Africa program. When participants return they are required to work on curriculum development in teams to create lesson plans that can be used in K-12 classrooms. The underlying question in the curriculum development process was “what kind of folk life do Ethiopians value today? In creating these innovative curricula, the objective is to allow our students in the U.S. to respect and understand Africa and the contributions that Africans have made to the world. The project allows participants to come together during a daylong workshop to discuss and share best practices and approaches in teaching of Africa in their classrooms.