Does Anything Good Happen in Africa? – Part II

It’s true that much of the news from the continent of Africa is negative. In a previous experiment, I challenged a class of geography students to find good news stories coming from that great continent. There were many, but not on the scale that come form other continents.

In her TED talk, Chimamanda Adichie tells of the danger involved in only having one view of a place and its people.

This year I challenged a new group of students to find good news stories from Africa. This is what they found….

Story 1 found by A-SM

Obama presents plan to help disarm LRA in Uganda

Friday, 26 November 2010

This story is good because it shows that the problems are being combatted.  It also shows that developed countries feel that it is important to help African communities so that they can later make economic and political links.

Story 2 found by TB

Uganda: First Major Malaria Vaccine works In Trial

The company GlaxoSmithKline have invented the first major vaccine for malaria, in a clinic the vaccine reduced the chance of catching the disease by 50% and looks to be the first way to stop the chance of the disease.

Data was released showing results that “researchers who analysed data from the first 6,000 children found that after 12 months of follow-up, three doses of RTS,S reduced the risk of children experiencing clinical malaria and severe malaria by 56% and 47%, respectively”.


Story 3 found by HS

A dependable two-way relationship?

In the past, the Maasai people and the local population of lions of Kenya have been bitter enemies, but recently, figures have shown lion population figures falling from 120,000 twenty years ago to 25,000 today. But interestingly, there has been a rise in numbers in South Kenya in the Chuylu Hills as the local Maasai tribesmen have created a symbiotic relationship. It is Maasai tradition for a young man who wants to pass into manhood to go out into the bush and kill a lion. This tradition had led to the decline in numbers but this was not the only reason for the hunting and killing of lions. Ever since the Maasai people have shared their territory with prides of lions, there has always existed a threat of the lions attacking the tribesmens’ precious cattle herds. Nowadays, the locals have realised the diminishing numbers and have acted, setting up a Trust to compensate Maasai herders who have lost cattle to lions. This prevents the unnecessary killing of the predators, effectively stopping the decline of the population in the area. This heart-warming story of new-found friendship surely is good news to come out of Africa.



Where can I study Geography at university?

Geography is a popular subject to study at university level. Courses prepare their graduates for a wide range of careers and equip them with an array of skills and knowledge, which can be applied to the world around them.

There are many good universities that you can study at in the UK, but how do you decide?

There are many questions you need to answer, including:

  • What sort of university do I want to go to (i.e. urban, campus)?
  • Do I want to qualify with a BA or a BSc?
  • Do I want to combine Geography with another subject?
  • How long to I want to study for?
  • What are the fieldwork options?
  • How will I be taught?
  • What are the opportunities for getting involved in research?
  • Can I study abroad?

Not all these questions will matter to you as much as some of the others. Make sure the course you opt for is the one that meets your needs.

In answering these questions, you should consult with your family and teachers and don’t be afraid to get in touch with universities to clarify any points you’re not sure of.

The Royal Geographical Society has a great website that helps you through the steps:

What is the history of Geography?

Geography as a discipline is hard to define, but it has a long and illustrious history, which you can explore here:

Why do people love Geography?

Loads of people love Geography, for loads of different reasons. Some people have recorded their reasons on video:

Even Prince William loved it…he ended up doing a degree in it:

Kosova, the world’s newest country…for now. Where’s next?

Kosova has announced it’s independence from the rest of Serbia. Many are happy, others are not. As Kosova celebrates, which part of the world might be the world’s next nation? The Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization (UNPO) is a pressure group which brings together groups of people from around the world whoa re bidding for recognition and nationhood: