Teaching Geography: Teacher Talk
[Channel-talkgeography] workshop 5 - subsaharan africa
From: Allyn Dokus <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Sat Apr 19 2008 - 13:05:22 EDT
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This workshop contained some very sad images. It is one thing to see folks who are sick, but when they are children it is sometimes too much to handle. The case study on Kenya was something of an eye opener for me. Yes, I knew that AIDS was far more prevailant in Africa than anywhere else, but I guess I didn't realize how out of proportion it really is. The numbers are astounding. To think that there is probably not a single person in Kenya who has not had at least one relative or close friend die from AIDS is very sad.
The featured lesson in this program was interesting. I liked how the teacher gave different group assignments, and that a sort of geography of the disease was established. At first thought, one might not think of disease as being related to geography at all, but if you think about it at all, disease has everything to do with place. Places that are developed and have the resources to give immunizations have less disease. Places that are impoverished and have poor sanitation tend to suffer. The challenge is how to bridge the gap between the developing places and the developed ones. The science and technology exists to fight these diseases, it's just a matter of getting folks educated, getting resources to the villages, and allocating funds and doctors to the regions that need them the most.