PACE Geography Virtual Explorer
PACE Virtual Explorer
The PACE Virtual Explorer for Secondary Geography is based on a set of environmental education films created for the Pan African Conservation Education Project. PACE, a Tusk Trust initiative produced in collaboration with Siren Conservation Education, aims to communicate practical solutions to environmental problems between communities across the continent. PACE packs for educators focus on the importance of meeting people’s needs in ways that protect wildlife and preserve natural resources for future generations. The packs include short films, posters, an illustrated book and teaching activities and technical information. To date, over 1,500 copies of the film and 5,000 copies of the book have been distributed for free to over 250 projects in 22 African countries.
By purchasing this resource, your school is contributing to ongoing distribution of these resources to African educators and to further development of the project. PACE initiatives in the pipeline include: a teacher training project in Uganda, a Malagasy translation in Madagascar, and a Nigerian version of the book Africa Our Home
The PACE films are unique and positive case studies. They show people in Africa solving environmental and economic problems, and are a refreshing change from the helpless and hopeless stereotype portrayed in much charity literature. That said, the environmental challenges faced by those in the films will be exacerbated by global climate change due to energy use by inhabitants of wealthier countries like the United Kingdom. Wealthier countries also have the power to affect environmental and economic conditions in Africa through trade. The learning activities accompanying the films encourage students to investigate positive actions that could be taken to reduce the negative impacts of UK lifestyles on the planet and its people.
Whilst this resource has been designed specifically for use by the geography department, the topics are relevant to citizenship themes such as global interdependence and sustainability. Each lesson plan suggests additional opportunities including cross-curricular work with Science, English or whole school off-curriculum days.
National Curriculum links for Geography Key Stage 3 and GCSE can be accessed here.
International School Partnerships
Many UK schools have developed International Partnerships with schools in Africa. The topics in this pack could form the basis of practical or awareness-raising work within the partnership. If you’d like to share the materials with your partner school, copies of the PACE films and illustrated schoolbook Africa Our Home can be obtained by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, whilst PACE Action Sheets on practical solutions to environmental problems are available via www.paceproject.net on or CD-ROM.
We wanted this resource to reflect the true diversity of Africa’s people and environments. To aid this, we have selected Internet links in each country – the Explorer links – which can be used to investigate interesting and perhaps unexpected elements of each country. These sites could form the basis of further citizenship work in Geography, English or Science as suggested in this Word document, for teachers to edit or copy as required:
Extra Explorer Activities.doc
PACE Cases on Google Earth
Download and double click this file to open in Google Earth and you will be able to fly to each of the PACE Case study locations.
We have collated basic statistical information on each of the 4 countries featured, accessible through the 'About' button in the sidebar on each Country map page. Students could be encouraged to collate similar date on the UK and USA for comparison, using the reference sources listed below
PACE Case Learning Activities
Click through the map pages or use the resource overview below to explore ten PACE case studies and associated learning activities. Each PACE Case contains one or two film clips which, if online, can be accessed directly via the clickable link on each PACE Case page. Alternatively, the films can be played from the Films DVD. The films were subtitled in English for use across Africa where many people speak English as a second or third language.
For each PACE Case, we have created lesson plans, presentations and a variety of activities for classroom use, many of which are differentiated to facilitate use with different groups. Though all lessons have suggestions for using ICT, most lessons could also be used without access to the Internet. Some of the lessons refer students to the Action Sheets from the original PACE pack distributed in Africa.
These lesson plans are intended purely as suggestions: Students could explore the case studies and Explorer links independently to practice their research skills, whilst teachers could use them with classes in any number of ways. We will be very interested to hear of ways in which these resources are used in the UK to help us improve our educational work in future.
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For whiteboard projection at higher definition, you may prefer to play the films from the FILMS DVD.
Malene Friis Hansen
Directed by Miriam Lyons, Jenny Sharman and Fonny Lane
The PACE project is a collaboration between Tusk Trust and Siren Conservation Education. The PACE resources were produced by Charles Mayhew MBE, Sarah Watson, Dr. Sasha Norris and Nancy Gladstone with funding from the Vodafone Group Foundation.
The Development Compass Rose was originally developed by Teachers In Development Education – TIDE
The learning activities are designed to promote thinking skills and many of the ideas used, such as Mysteries and Odd One Out, were originally developed and promoted by David Leat and his co-authors in:
Reading International Solidarity Centre is a development education centre in the Southeast. Their approach to auditing understanding and changing attitudes was used in PACE Case: Making Water Safe to Drink.
How Do We Know It’s Working? - A toolkit for measuring attitudinal change in Global Citizenship from early years to KS 5
WaterAid provided additional materials for PACE Case: Making Water Safe to Drink.
Published by Siren Conservation Education and Tusk Trust
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The authors have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and currency of the information in the PACE Virtual Explorer. The authors disclaim any liability, loss, injury or damage incurred as a consequence, directly or indirectly, of the use and application of the contents of this resource.
UK Government Statistics reproduced under the terms of the OPSI Click-Use License.
A catalogue record for this resource is available from the British Library
Designed and produced by Sam Willmott for Oxford Cartographers Ltd.