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Ouelessebougou - Teacher Resources

Background Information

Since 1985 the Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance has helped provide resources and support to the Ouelessebougou region, which is located in the country of Mali in Western Africa. The images and text on this web site are designed to help students to compare life in Ouelessebougou to life in their own community.

Students will want to visit the five main sections:

The supportive text for each of the images includes background information, and in most cases, questions for students to answer.

Teacher Tips

Teachers can choose to use this site in a variety of ways:

Teacher Resources: Trunks, Videos and Web Sites

The Ouelessebougou-Utah Alliance has educational trunks with materials helpful for teaching about Ouelessebougou. The trunks include: traditional clothing for 2nd graders to try on, a "talking drum," a gourd musical instrument, special wood sticks used as toothbrushes, a mask, a kolon and kolongone (for pounding millet), jewelry, photocopies of Malian money, homemade soap, millet, photographs with explanations and a 10 minute video. One of these trunks will be available at each School District's central media center by the beginning of the 2001-2002 school year.

The video that is included in the trunk has great visuals and background music and sounds. There is no narration, so teachers can talk to the children as they watch it. It gives great "real life" examples of daily activities and can be used in connection with the trunk supplies.

Below are a few Internet web site to help you and your students learn more about Ouelessebougou and Mali, Africa.


Special thanks to Marianne Jones, a Utah educator, for providing the images and supportive text used on this site.

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