BIGSAS@school was established in 2012. The project offers the great possibility of a knowledge transfer from experts in the field of African Studies to the society. It brings together doctoral students from all parts of the world and German pupils of all ages to discuss about Africa.
The importance of this project grounds in the structures and contents of German textbooks. In many cases, the given information about Africa is one-sided and foremost deals with topics like poverty, famine, war and diseases. Another problem is the stipulated curriculum in Germany leaving few chances to eliminate prejudices and stereotypes about Africa and Africans. Often, Africa is perceived as one country whereas it is a continent of more than 50 countries.
BIGSAS engages to change those views and to correct false information. It also aims at the extension of accurate knowledge about Africa among pupils. Thus, BIGSAS Junior Fellows regularly visit school classes in primary and high schools to share experiences from their home country or their research stays in Africa. After a short introduction of the participants and their home countries pupils have the possibility to ask questions and discuss with Junior Fellows. BIGSAS@school meetings can be held in English or German and usually take two lessons. Evaluation forms can be filled in afterwards in order to document the event and to give feedback and tips for future BIGSAS@school meetings.
BIGSAS has been cooperating with the Markgräfin-Wilhelmine-Gymnasium in Bayreuth since 2012. In the years 2013/2014 BIGSAS@school supported the P-Seminar “Afrika in Bayreuth” which culminated in the organisation of a project and presentation day. Further meetings took place at the Graf-Münster-Gymnasium and the Grundschule Herzoghöhe in Bayreuth as well as the Franz-Ludwig-Gymnasium in Bamberg.
We would like to give pupils the chance to learn about Africa in an extraordinary and interactive way. If you are a teacher and interested in BIGSAS@school please do not hesitate to contact our team member Mirjam Strasser.