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Africa teaching resources

Africa Teaching Resources

Explore children’s lives in contrasting African countries including Kenya, DRC and Nigeria. Our free teaching resources cover popular topics like children’s rights, food and journeys and include worksheets, photos, real-life stories, case studies and PowerPoints.


Children in the CREST program in Chanshegu, Northern Ghana.

Photo: Jane Hahn/Panos Pictures/ActionAid

School Run! - an educational board game

Help four children to navigate the board, collecting the items they need to get to school in our educational board game “School Run!” Designed for KS2 classes, this free children’s board game can be used in class or at home.

Drought 360°

Put your class in 12-year-old Daeka’s shoes. She has taken a 360 degree photo to show the effects of drought in her village in east Africa. To complement this incredible 360° photo, we’ve created two colourful posters to help your class to understand how drought affects people, plants and animals.

World Food Day teaching resources

John, Kelvin and Mukta faced many different challenges, but shared one issue in common: food insecurity. These World Food Day teaching resources show the children at home and at school, and showcase the solutions which removed their fear of going hungry. Use this pack on World Food Day, as a harvest festival resource or even as a harvest festival assembly.

Girls out of school

Take a look at the contrasting lives of two girls living in Nigeria, one in school and one not. Encourage your KS2 or KS3 class to think about the benefits of education and at the reasons why some children around the world don’t go to school.

Meet the children of DRC

Experience a day in the life of a child living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) with these photos and stories of the children who call this country home. Encourage your KS1 or KS2 class to compare their lives with children living around the world using the photos of Elisa and Ca Depend below and the worksheets included in your download.

Tax, fairness and 'Philosophy for Children'

To get your class thinking about fairness, equality and community we’ve teamed up with SAPERE, the creators of ‘Philosophy for Children’ (P4C) resources. Using the subject of tax avoidance, this resource is made up of age-appropriate activities which have been written with your pupils in mind.

Water teaching resources

With lessons for KS1, KS2 and KS3 classes, these resources get pupils thinking about the need for clean water as well as water usage in their school and their own lives. Using case studies and a photopack, pupils meet six-year-old Helena and learn how newly built water and sanitation facilities improved education in a school in Sierra Leone.

What is inequality? - Food and hunger

This activity-led Key Stage 2 resource gets your pupils investigating food inequality and how hunger affects millions of people around the globe. Includes the starter ‘What is inequality?’, a selection of engaging activities and three case studies of children facing hunger and its consequences.

What is inequality? - Gender

This resource is full of simple activities to get your pupils thinking about what gender inequality means and how it effects people’s lives around the world. Includes the starter activity ‘What is inequality?’ and a case study of how ActionAid has helped women farmers in Sierra Leone.

What is a home?

Discover the homes of people ActionAid works with around the world and ask your class the question what is a home? This photo-led activity is aimed at KS1 and KS2 classes and will get pupils thinking about different types of urban and rural settlements.