Global Citizenship in Fisheries and Aquaculture
English - French
Malawi is a small south-central African country adjacent to Mozambique, famous to many in Europe and North America because of David Livingston’s adventures in the late 1880s. Malawi is also known for being the location of the first discoveries of ancient humans, diverse chichlid fish in Lake Malawi and celebrity adoptions. Many images of African stereotypes are associated to this region. However, it is also a country that suffers from one of Africa’s lowest human development indices, and is the target of substantial aid programs.
The Malawi series of lessons encourages students to think critically about African stereotypes by reviewing pre- and post- colonial history including the slave trade. They discuss why European countries sought control of African countries, and learn how and when Malawi regained independence.
Malawi’s social, economic and political development is considered through comparisons with other African countries and with Canada. Students will study the country's geography and its relation to settlement, and the role fishing has played in Malawi's development. Students are introduced to understanding Canada’s contribution to Malawi’s well-being through fisheries projects and to a Canadian who is working with Malawi’s fisheries.
Students are asked to imagine life as a child living in Malawi and are introduced to a Malawi fishing family. Through this family students gain an understanding of everyday life in Malawi and what it means to be a fisherman in Malawi. Students are asked to consider elements that may be helpful to Malawi’s future.