In collaboration with the Carlson School of Management and the Minnesota Council of Economic Education, the African Studies Initiative is offering a five hour workshop on April 22, 2017, from 10 am-3:00 pm for educators wishing to learn how to integrate more African content into their economics curriculum. Dr Tade Okediji from the University of Minnesota Department of Applied Economics will start with an overview of economies of sub-Saharan Africa. The remainder of the workshop will be lead by Minnesota high school teacher, Tracy Townsend, who developed a lengthy unit on Economies of Africa in the summer of 2016. The Economics of Africa unit will include a look at economic indicators, levels of development, and sources of financing for a variety of countries in Africa. Teachers will be led through a series of activities that provides real time information on the strengths and challenges of select nations and will also address ways to break stereotypes commonly held that depict Africa as a struggling continent. This unit is administered at the end of a standard semester long Economics class that includes both micro and macro concepts. 


Educators participants will be required to bring a laptop. $25 Registration fee includes all resources, lunch and parking. Educators will receive 5 CEUs.


The Economies of Africa on the St Paul Campus, Ruttan Hall 135B
9:45-10:00 registration
10:00-11:00 Dr Tade Okediji "Economies of Sub-Saharan Africa'
11:00-12:00 Tracy  Townsend 
12:00-1:00 lunch
1:00-3:00 Tracy Townsend
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