|Posted by AsOne Global on January 17, 2014 at 3:25 PM|
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 definition of a stereotype was discussed and each student had to come up with their own stereotypes.The students then considered why stereotypes are unfair and determined whether pictures and statements about Africa were "fair" or "unfair." Since our program is focused on project-based learning, at the end of the session, students contributed crossed out stereotypes to a bulletin board. Students were excited to write their own stereotypes and read their peers' stereotypes. The bulletin board was hung outside of the classroom to encourage others to stop using stereotypes. Below are some examples of the stereotypes on the bulletin board.