Sub-Saharan Africa: Water as a Natural Resource

World Cultures Sub-Saharan Africa Sub-Saharan Africa: Water as a Natural Resource
Students investigate water as a natural resource in the context of sub-Saharan Africa

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This experience focuses on water as a natural resource. It can serve as an introduction to the essential question—how should resources be distributed?—or a review at the end of the unit on sub-Saharan Africa. It contains small-group work.


●    Students describe how water resources affect life in the region.

Water is a natural resource that is necessary for life.

List two or more things for which you need water. Separate each of them with a comma, like so: dance, sing.

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The African continent has many natural resources.

Which of the following resources are found in a significant quantity in sub-Saharan Africa? There may be more than one correct answer.

A) Diamonds
B) Gold
C) Oil
D) Water

Discuss with students that Africa is a country rich in natural resources. However, the management of those resources and the income generated from them has not always benefited the citizens. Imperialism, foreign corporations, and corrupt governments have siphoned many of the riches of Africa away from its people.

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