The Rise Of Africa

                                                                                                                                                                        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.


About devongeography

Head of Geography and Assistant Vice Principal at South Molton Community College, North Devon. Exeter Chiefs supporter!
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