Find out some African facts and background information about the lives of children in African countries. These resources ‘set the scene’ and allow pupils to compare ways of life, and think about what it means to live in a diverse world.
Facts and background info - great for projects
These sheets give a brief overview of Uganda, with information on the geography, culture and issues in the country. They are useful if you are studying Uganda in topic work and offer comparisons with the UK, they also link well to the stories of Matia, Sanyu and Theresa. You can find all sorts of images from Uganda in our gallery. And you can make a donation to our work in Africa, including in Uganda by following this link.
Try out these tastes!
This simple food topic starter introduces pupils to some new foods/crops and helps them think about what can be grown in other countries and how these crops might be grown and harvested. Print out these sheets then make the foods (we have kept them quite simple). Set them out in a line and either have sheets face up so that they can see what they are, or place face down and ask pupils to guess what they are. You could extend this idea by choosing several foods and as a class deciding whether they can be grown or produced in the UK, African countries or both.
A collection of games played by African children
Many of the games that children play in East Africa are about things in their everyday lives: food, family and homemaking. Children play them in school fields, at home or on un-used land in their neighbourhood. These games, on the pdf below the video, are from a group of children near Iganga, Uganda. Before Send a Cow helped their families, many of these children were malnourished, only ate one meal a day and had very little energy to play. Through training in natural farming with their families, the children are now able to enjoy their childhoods and grow up healthily – having enough nutritious food for three meals a day and having the skills to grow food for the rest of their lives.
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Motivate your pupils to walk to school!
For Walk on Wednesday, why not do something different to motivate your pupils to be healthy and help them learn about Africa while they walk? You’ll be joining in with the thousands of children across Africa who walk to school every day. There are ideas and resources for what you can do on each day, (such as playing African games, making plastic bag footballs and eating African fruit), along with a Powerpoint to introduce the idea to pupils. Plus, there are some information boxes about life in East Africa and illustrations to help you to create a classroom display. We’d also love it if you chose to take the opportunity to get children sponsored and fundraise for Send a Cow.
Have an African Christmas in your classroom
A great resource for Christmas/Advent, these sheets help make a fantastic acacia tree that will create a colourful wall display. During Advent, your children will learn about Christmas in African countries and do something kind at school or home as hangings are added to the acacia tree. They are large file sizes, so please be patient. You can also see all of the information on a page with links to recipes etc here.
Fun online activity to introduce Africa to kids
These short quizzes can be filled out while pupils visit our engaging website Cowforce.com. When they go on Tazo the goat’s roadtrip they can find the answers to the questions in the pdf below. This IT activity gives pupils a fun introduction to life in Africa and the diversity of the continent.
Ugandan pictures with questions and info
This photo pack has twenty sheets of images with questions and links to information on the reverse. The pictures are of farming, gardens and of food being grown, stored and processed. They are great for any Africa topic work and especially if you are looking at food, farming and climate change with your pupils. The files sizes are large as they are high quality - but they’re worth the wait!
A slideshow video introducing Ugandan crops and farming
This slide-show gives a good background introduction to small-scale Ugandan farms and how Send a Cow helps rural families. If you don’t have access to Vimeo.com at school, register for an account on their website at home and then you can download all our videos using the link on the bottom right of each video page.
A slideshow video briefly introducing Uganda
This minute long slide-show gives a quick introduction to the various aspects of life and scenery in Uganda. If you don’t have access to Vimeo.com at school, register for an account on their website at home and then you can download all our videos using the link on the bottom right of each video page.
Learn and fundraise in this exciting art project
‘Build an African Farmyard’ is a fundraising and learning resource that’s all about creating a fantastic wall display of an East African farm (it’s perfect for a Harvest topic, but also great all year round). We provide you with the information, ideas and illustrations of the elements on the farm to photocopy, colour in and add textiles to… and your class learn, have fun and raise money - simple!