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Elizabeth Crane, Common Sense Media
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Glimpse of African ingenuity offers kids a new perspective.

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The site sends the message that Africa abounds in creative social and environmental projects. It also teaches kids to look at objects (especially trash) in creative ways so they can be re-used or turned into something else.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Afrigadget teaches kids about Africa in a positive way -- as opposed
to the war, famine, and tragedy news they can get from the newspaper or
on the Internet. The site is updated regularly, so you never know what will turn up. Serious topics -- like a lack of ambulance service in Zimbabwe -- are handled deftly and matter-of-factly in easily digestible pieces. There is always a positive swing to the news, which makes readers want to come back.

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Adult Written bylauren s. March 13, 2017

not acceptable

I think that if your looking for a good website, that you should visit

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Is it any good?

Africa and its people are too big a topic to be summed up on a single Web site, but the six Afrigadget blog contributors manage it to a large degree. They find small, interesting projects from all over the continent that underscore the creativity, ingenuity, and self-sufficiency of Africans. For instance, in Zimbabwe, there is a company called ZamBikes that retrofits trailers for bicycles. Since there are few cars in the rural areas, these trailers are used as transportation for goods and people -- even as ambulances.

Without Afrigadget, these stories wouldn’t reach an audience. This site spotlights the positive steps being taken there, and encourages creative thinking and environmentalism.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • What impressions did you have about Africa before you visited the site and after? How did the site change your mind?

  • Afrigadget is big on the creative use of existing objects. How can we use items we might otherwise throw away?

Website details

  • Genre: Civic Engagement
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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