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African Studies Center Outreach Newsletter
African Studies Center News - September 2014


Soccer in Africa

Africa is no different than other parts of the world when it comes to soccer fanaticism. When an important soccer match is taking place in an African country, the entire country will come to a standstill. The most visible manifestation of soccer mania is in the small villages where young boys can almost always be seen kicking around a soccer ball. In many cases the children will be using an improvised soccer ball made with anything from plastic bags to crumpled paper fashioned into a ball using string.
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Resources Available from the African Studies Center

Lending Library

The African Studies Center has books, films, and other materials available free of charge for K-16 educators in North Carolina to borrow. Fiction and non-fiction works, for ages kindergarten through high school are available. We have three children's books which feature soccer, including Goal! by Mina Javaherbin, My Name is Sangoel by Karen Lynn Williams and Khadra Mohammed, and Babu's Song by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen. For any borrowed materials, the ASC will pay all shipping in both directions.


Culture Kits

The ASC is pleased to be able to now offer a culture kit on Kenya. This kit features items used by children in Kenya, such as school uniforms and books, household items, and homemade toys, as well as background information. Toys in the kit include a toy car made of re-purposed wire, homemade dolls, and soccer balls made of plastic bags, such as the ball pictured above. The Kenya kit, along with our Senegal kit and all our book sets, are available free of charge to N.C. Educators and all shipping is included.


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Fedex Global Education Ctr.
Chapel Hill, NC 27599

Tel 919.962.1522
Fax 919.843.2102

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