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Schools access wealth of Africa

The wealth of Africa

Camden’s CarAf centre celebrates the launch of the ‘Wealth of Africa’ galleries at the British Museum.

The galleries – a Black history educational resource for schools comes as the result of a partnership with the museum.

The resource provides a series of case studies to support the teaching of the history of Africa in schools.  Each section draws on the British Museum’s collection, along with illustrations, photographs and textual sources.

The idea was the brainchild of Anne-Marie Morris, director of The CarAf Centre, who was concerned about the lack of black history resources accessible in schools.

Anne-Marie Morris stated:

“The centre is very excited by this. It is wonderful to see educational resources on African history, which doesn’t solely focus on just the slave trade.  These resources have been arranged in such a way, that teachers will be at ease in preparing and delivering the topic in class.  In addition and the British Museum is an excellent venue to visit and breathe life into the subject.

Morris, was also aware of the difficulties some schools had in being able to access quality educational resources that were accurate, continued:  “The timing of this resource is also perfect for those schools who want to celebrate Black History Month in October, just don’t be afraid to continue the subject all year round as we do at The CarAf Centre”.

The British Museum embraced Morris’ idea and following the success of a partnership fundraising bid, between the British Museum and The CarAf Centre the project unfolded.

The resources are versatile and can be used to teach a range of age groups, and a broad range of topics, including diversity and Black history.

The 30 year-old CarAf Centre and charity works towards raising educational attainment in schools, offering a range of support services for young people and their families.

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