Jamaican gov’t takes on myths about Africa

UWI Dept of Gov’t takes on myths about Africa

Thursday, November 27, 2014 | 2:19 PM     KINGSTON, Jamaica — The University of the West Indies’ (UWI) Department of Government says it will be seeking this afternoon to present a balanced view of modern Africa in light of the current projection of the single story of Ebola, famine, dictatorship and backwardness on the continent.

According to Lecturer, Dr Jermaine McCalpin, this will be done through its Introduction to African Politics class, which will host its second African Politics Simulation for the month in the Social Sciences Lecture Theatre (SSLT) today (Thursday, November 27) between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm.

 “It is an initiative that goes back to the 1990’s, when Professor Anthony Bogues taught the course. The goal of the simulation is to provide a balanced view of modern Africa that does not project the single story of Ebola, famine, dictatorship and backwardness,” says Dr McCalpin.

He says that the African Politics Simulation is an excellent opportunity for students to experience the processes involved in understanding and analyzing problems and challenges affecting the continent, and creates an avenue for dialogue and solutions to these problems.

Head of the Department of Government, Dr Lloyd Waller, adds that Dr McCalpin, and his students, are […]

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