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Penn Literacy Program 2014


Early this year, AsOne Global partnered with the University of Pennsylvania Netter Center for Community Partnerships and implemented a fourth grade African Studies after-school academic enrichment program at B.B. Comegys Elementary School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania under a project-based learning grant. The curriculum design for this unit of study was predicated on the belief that literacy rates increase with the utilization of culturally relevant education. The curriculum was specifically designed for this program and was prepared by AsOne Global CEO, Tamara Bradford. All of the lessons were faciliated by AsOne Global COO, Farrah Alkhaleel, as well as several other University of Pennsylvania undergraduate volunteers. The program duration was from January until May 2014. Lessons were held every Tuesday and Thursday from 4:00pm until 5:30pm and were composed of 12 lessons meant to expose students to the rich, complex history of Africa prior to the Slave Trade and present them with an accurate portrayal of contemporary issues facing Africa and Africans. 


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Final Review: Debunking Myths about Africa

Posted by AsOne Global on May 1, 2014 at 3:45 PM Comments comments (16)

For the last lesson, students played a review game to help assess their new understanding of Africa. In this review game, students were given statements from each of the lessons they completed on Africa and had to determine whether each statement is a stereotype. The final project required the students to identify the most interesting aspect of Africa that they learned from the program.

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Ancient West African Kingdoms

Posted by AsOne Global on April 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (1)

The objective of this lesson was to allow students to understand the rich and complex history of Africa before European colonization. Students learned about the major achievements of the Kingdoms of Ghana, Mali, and Songhai as they completed a graphic organizer and discussed the most interesting achievements they learned. Drawing from past lessons, students were able to understand the importance of the Gold-Salt trade in the transfer of power from kingdom to kingdom.

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Ancient Kingdoms of Africa: Gold-Salt Trade Game

Posted by AsOne Global on April 10, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (1)

In today's lesson, students evaluated the way in which geography and location affect daily life and analyzed the problem of scarcity and how it influences the relationships between societies. The class was divided into three Kingdoms: Ghana, Berber, Zimbabwe and, in their roles as traders, gold and salt miners, and tax collectors, they simulated the Gold-Salt Trade that dominated Ancient Western Africa. Students cooperated together to trade their resources with other resources t...

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Mapping Africa: Africa's Natural Barriers

Posted by AsOne Global on April 3, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This lesson provided students with the opportunity to evaluate the ways in which topography contributed to the growth of Ancient African Kingdoms. Each student was given a blank map of Africa. The teacher, Farrah, showed the class pictures of each of the following barriers: Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, Nile River, Niger River, Congo River¸ Atlas Mountains, Mount Kilimanjaro, Lake Victoria, Victoria Falls, Sahara Desert, Kalahari Desert, tropical...

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Improving research skills: Scribes in Ancient Egypt!

Posted by AsOne Global on March 20, 2014 at 5:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This lesson required students to consider the importance of writing and accurate record keeping both in ancient Egypt as well as today. The class utilized the internet to research various jobs ancient Egyptians could obtain as a scribe after completing scribal school as well as the impact of each of those positions on ancient Egyptian society. Students then composed journal entries explaining to a friend which job they would choose upon graduating scribal school and why they believed their ...

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Science in Action: Africa's Natural Wonders

Posted by AsOne Global on March 6, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The objective of this lesson was for students to create a travel advertisement attracting visitors to one of Africa’s natural wonders. The class began by defining “natural wonder” and continued on to view pictures and discuss some of Africa’s natural wonders including: the Nile River, Mount Kilimanjaro, Okavango Delta, the Serengeti Migration, Sahara Desert, Ngorongoro Crater, Red Sea Reef, Namib Desert, Victoria Falls, Avenue of the Baobabs, and the Great Rift Valley...

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African Cities: Debunking Stereotypes!

Posted by AsOne Global on February 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM


The goal of this lesson was to debunk the stereotype that all Africans live in villages. The class started by making a list of the various types of places and buildings found in Philadelaphia and other US cities and discussing whether similar places and buildings can be found in Europe or Africa. Students then took turns reading Somewhere in Africa by Ingrid Mennen and Niki Daly, a story about a boy living in Cape Town South, Africa. The class then had the opportunity to view and...

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The continent of Africa: Fifty-Four African Nations

Posted by AsOne Global on February 5, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

The goal of this lesson was for students to recognize that Africa is not a country, but rather a continent of 54 nations. The class viewed a map of the world, identified the seven continents and then brainstormed the differentiation between a continent and a country. Students recognized borders and took turns reading and pronounicng African countries. Students then colored in maps of Africa demonstrating that there are 54 nations on the continent. 

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Just Say No to Stereotypes!

Posted by AsOne Global on January 17, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

One of the main goals of AsOne Global's after school African Studies program is to debunk myths and stereotypes about Africa. Before students can debunk myths about Africa, they have to understand what a stereotype is and its harmful consequences. Students were given statements and were asked to determine whether or not it was fair. One-sided statements such as, "Girls are cleaner than boys" and "Everyone in Pennsylvania has red hair and glasses" were used as examples of stereotypes. The defi...

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Save Cambodia Fundraiser

Posted by AsOne Global on September 7, 2013 at 9:35 PM

Today, Jasmine and Farrah, on behalf of AsOne Global, volunteered at the Save Cambodia Fundraiser in Center City. Save Cambodia works to improve education in Cambodia by providing school supplies and books to Cambodian children. Started by Thayvie, a Penn State graduate, she has been working to help bring human rights and hope for these children. We helped sell scarves, coin purses, and t-shirts to help support this cause. It was an eye-opening experience and we commend Thayvie and the Save C...

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