345 million people in Africa and 32 million in Latin America and the Caribbean lack adequate access to potable water (water.org). The African Diaspora Water Crisis Curriculum project aims to develop and implement an arts–based high school curriculum and instructional resources in response to the global water crisis in the African Diaspora. The curriculum and instructional resources will be developed in collaboration with teachers in schools with predominantly African American student populations for use in their International Baccalaureate (IB) program. The production, use, and implications of affordable ceramic water filters in Dominican Republic, Haiti, and Honduras will be central to the curriculum. A key aim of the project is to enable African American students, their classmates, and their teachers to situate themselves critically within the African Diaspora through direct exploration of the global water crisis through artistic, scholarly, and socially engaged practices.
This project is based on the premise of working collaboratively with teachers as participatory action research collaborators; in this tenor, this website is intended to be a place where the academic community, schools teachers, students and international partners work together on the development of curriculum, instructional activities, and instructional resources pertaining to African diaspora water crisis.
This project is funded by a grant from the Africana Research Center at The Pennsylvania State University.