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Video - Are Africa's colonial borders holding it back?


This video in our school series, "Why isn't the whole world developed?", takes a look at the 'Europe Scramble' and the drawing of Africa's political borders in the late nineteenth century.

Who is the resource aimed at?

Suitable for key stage 4 and key stage 5 students (14 to 18 year olds)

How can the resource be used?

This video can be used as a standalone resource, or with the teaching materials below to form a full lesson.

How does the resource link to the curriculum?

This week's video can be used to support Key Stage 3, 4 and 5 History and Geography lessons. In terms of sequencing, this video could be used to teach students about the events of the scramble for Africa, or the Berlin conference of 1884, and the long-reaching consequences of this up to the modern day. 

This teaching resource could also be used in Geography lessons on Africa as a regional study. In particular, exploring the reasons for the straight borders between Africa countries which are different to those defined by physical Geography elsewhere in the world.   

How long will the activity take?

Depending on how many of the resources you use, you can make this activity take up more or less time. Take a look at the suggested learning activities below.


Teacher's notes

Teacher's notes
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Associated resources

The student worksheet contains some source analysis and potential questions.

Student worksheet
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