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Feeding Africa: Systems Perspectives on Sub-Saharan Food Security
This is an advanced four-week summer course for high school students who are rising sophomores, juniors, or seniors. Students use systems thinking to examine sub-Saharan Africa’s struggle for food security, paying close attention to agricultural history and social/political context. Students actively consider how myths and biases about African agriculture confuse aid attempts and lead to unintended consequences. They also learn how community programs in Ghana and South Africa use local gardens, experimental farms, and cellphone technology to improve household nutrition and attract young people to agricultural and STEM professions. As a final project, students work in teams to create multimedia presentations, podcasts, blogs, and/or social media campaigns suitable for distribution. Class sessions are experiential in nature and integrate direct instruction with international communication, guest lectures, and field trips. This course welcomes students with a wide variety of backgrounds and interests.
Location: 7 Doris Christopher Hall, University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana campus.
When: 9:00- 11:00am, every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from July 5 through July 28.
Course Materials Fee: $40 (due upon registration) includes cost of final meal.
Course Transportation Fee: $2 per fieldtrip for public bus. Bring cash on the day of fieldtrip or bus pass.
Tuition: This course is offered free of tuition with the support of the Illinois African Studies Consortium; a Department of Education Title VI National Resource Center.
Applications accepted on a rolling basis. Final Deadline May 30, 2016.
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