Africa


  • Anti-Immigrant Sentiment | Wide Angle

    As their nation struggles economically, many Zimbabweans have immigrated illegally to the more stable and lucrative environment of neighboring Botswana. The people of Botswana have been reluctant hosts and widespread intolerance and hostility have been directed at the new arrivals. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Border Jumpers," Botswanans voice their criticisms and concerns over Zimbabwean illegal immigrants.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Botswana Today | Wide Angle

    Since gaining independence from Britain, the nation of Botswana has become one of Africa’s greatest success stories. It maintains one of the world’s fastest growing economies and a burgeoning democracy. Despite its success, Botswana is still plagued with a high rate of HIV infection and unemployment among its population. This video from the Wide Angle film "Border Jumpers" provides a look at the affluence and afflictions of Botswana today, with a focus on its efforts to stop illegal immigration from its poorer neighbor, Zimbabwe.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Detainees | Wide Angle

    The push for human populations to migrate often comes from unstable conditions in people's homelands. Corrupt and oppressive regimes force many to seek asylum in countries that allow their citizens more individual rights and freedoms. However, migrants are not always welcome and are often sent back to their native countries or detained. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Border Jumpers," meet political asylum seekers from Zimbabwe who have been prevented entry to, and detained in, Botswana.

    Grades: 9-12
  • The Fence | Wide Angle: Window into Global History

    In 2003, the African country of Botswana started building a fence along its border with Zimbabwe. Botswana officials state that their aim is to control the spread of foot-and-mouth disease; however, the people of Zimbabwe see the fence as an affront preventing migration. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Border Jumpers," learn about the fence that has created discord between two neighboring nations.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Foot and Mouth | Wide Angle

    The government of Botswana’s official motive for building a fence along its border with Zimbabwe was to halt the spread of foot and mouth disease among its cattle. Animals infected with the deadly disease drifted over the border into Botswana, nearly collapsing its cattle industry. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Border Jumpers," learn about the foot-and-mouth outbreak from Botswana’s Foreign Affairs Minister and meet a farmer whose livelihood was destroyed by the disease.

    Grades: 9-12
  • Girls Speak Out | Wide Angle: Lesson Plan

    This lesson follows girls in India and Benin to evaluate their access to education, a basic human right. Check out the entire collection of resources from the documentary "Time For School."

    Grades: 5-13+
  • Nanavi Continues Her Education | Wide Angle: Time for School

    In this video segment from Wide Angle, Nanavi faces many challenges to attend school. Nanavi was filmed in 2003 when at the age of nine she was recruited to attend school as part of a nationwide effort to educate the girls of Benin in West Africa and again in 2006 at age twelve. Between these time periods dynamic changes occurred in Nanavi’s family. Because her father became ill and died, the family's savings dwindled, and they were left with little income. Meanwhile, Nanavi’s mother struggles to keep Nanavi in school. With support from her family and community, Nanavi pursues her education as she was encouraged to do by her father.

    Grades: 4-12
  • Work Abroad | Wide Angle

    The unstable situation in Zimbabwe has forced many of its people to go abroad in search of employment. Many have found themselves across the border in Botswana, desperate in their search for a means to survive. In this video segment from the Wide Angle film "Border Jumpers," viewers are introduced to Mary, a college educated Zimbabwean woman who has migrated to Botswana and has found limited opportunities for those with a professional background.

    Grades: 9-12

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