Evaluation Checklist

Use the names of specific countries where appropriate.
Present problems such as hunger, poverty, disease, and war in global contexts and highlight African solutions to problems. Avoid perpetuating stereotypes of Africans as hungry, poor, unhealthy, and the continent as consumed with war, political strife or corruption.
Avoid the offensive, inaccurate or biased terms listed below. As often as possible, use words and phrases that are normally used when discussing life in the U.S.

  • Offensive and Inaccurate terms: native, tribe, hut, jungle, witch doctor, dialect, primitive, warlike, fetish, uncivilized, pagan
  • Western bias: developing, under-developed, civilized, emerging, backward, non-white, non-Western, Black African, communist
  • Emphasize African perspectives and actions.
  • Avoid overemphasizing western solutions and western celebrities.
Avoid stereotypical art activities such as building “huts” or making generic “African” masks.
Include North Africa countries when discussing Africa.
Emphasize typical social groups and activities with which Western children can relate. Avoid highlighting exotic practices and small minority groups such as the Maasai.
Focus on animals that most Africans commonly see (domestic animals and small game). Avoid safari and big game themes.
Avoid depicting Africans leaders as the sole agents of change. Discuss them within historical, political, economic, and social contexts.
Strike a balance between information on men and women. Discuss the problems women have faced in historical and global contexts.