Print out and use this checklist to evaluate K-12 books on Africa.
|Does the text use the names of specific African countries where appropriate?|
|Present problems such as hunger, poverty, disease, and war in global contexts?|
|Highlight African perspectives and solutions to problems.
Avoid overemphasizing western solutions and western celebrities?
|Avoid perpetuating stereotypes of Africans as hungry, poor,
unhealthy, and the continent as consumed with war, political strife or corruption?
|Avoid offensive, inaccurate or biased terms?
Offensive and Inaccurate terms: native, tribe, hut, jungle, witch doctor,
|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 leaders 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?