ERIC Number: ED212528
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: N/A
Coming of Age in Africa: Continuity and Change. Through African Eyes: Cultures in Change, Unit I.
Clark, Leon E., Ed.
This book, first in a series of six dealing with African culture and intended for secondary level students, deals with tradition and change in Africa. All of the selections in this volume were written by Africans and come from a variety of sources including autobiographies, novels, and poems. The basic purpose of the book is to capture some of the feelings, aspirations, and experiences of black Africans and, by so doing, help the reader develop a sense of empathy and a feeling of identity with human beings everywhere, recognizing the common humanity that all men share. Discussion questions are provided for the selections. The first selection, "Growing Up in Acholi," is a first-hand account of growing up among the Acholi people in northern Uganda. The author, the first Acholi girl to receive a university degree, describes in detail how Acholi children are trained for the roles they will take in adult society. The second selection, "Song of Lawino: A Lament," is a series of excerpts from a book-length poem which illustrates in fictional form the types of family disruption that can result from change. The third selection, "African Child," contains excerpts from one of Africa's best-known autobiographies, "Dark Child," by Camara Laye who grew up in Guinea when it was still a French colony. The book concludes with three poems of modern Africa that deal with the emotional turmoil of change. (Author/RM)
Descriptors: African Culture, Area Studies, Black Studies, Child Rearing, Family Life, Foreign Countries, Primary Sources, Reading Materials, Secondary Education, Social Change
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Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for International Training and Education, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: Africa