Our Africa is a website developed by SOS Children, a charity that has been working in Africa for the past 40 years.
The aim of this ambitious project is to let children across Africa film their lives and countries the way they see them.
After workshops providing training in film-making, children (ranging in age from as young as seven to as old as 23) took cameras around their villages and communities, interviewing, talking, depicting their lives and proudly showing off the results to their friends.
On the website you can see some of these videos as the children talk about what matters most to them – from games they play; to aspirations they have for jobs; to how they would like things changed fundamentally in their societies (for example how men treat women). They talk about whatever they want to talk about – and the result is a great collection of videos that invite you into these children’s worlds.
‘Our Africa’ celebrates the 40th anniversary of SOS Children’s work in the continent, and the site will evolve as they visit more and more of the 50+ countries they work in, and speak with more children.
Teachers from around the UK have been developing teaching resources for using Our Africa in the classroom. These are mainly geared around the Key Stage 3 curriculum (ages 11-14) and can be selected by country or topic.
Visit the website: Our Africa
Find teaching resources: Our Africa – Schools teaching resources
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