Africa was once known as ‘The Dark Continent’, because people knew very little about it. Today, it figures prominently in my geography lessons. Hans Rosling – the founder of Gapminder – recently posted on Twitter (@HansRosling) a thought-provoking fact about the current speed of development in Africa. He predicts over 5% growth of African economies in 2012-2013, compared to the growth rate of the European Union of a mere 0.3%. He goes on to say that if this growth continues, Africa will reach the EU’s income level by 2070.
I also stumbled across this You Tube video on Africa’s development, which when combined with some exploration of Gapminder graphs, helps make an effective lesson about the future of the continent.