Congo in the Classroom: A Resource for Teachers
The humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), though geographically distant, actually relates to choices we make here in the United States. The overall objectives of this three-lesson-plan curriculum for high school students is to:
- Educate students about the Congo with a brief history lesson.
- Introduce the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to students.
- Enable students to learn more about their peers across the world by reading personal narratives.
- Review the roots of the human rights abuses in the Congo with students and their connection to the Congo’s natural resources and international electronics companies.
Lesson Plan #1- A Brief History of Congo
Students will learn a brief history of the Democratic Republic of Congo and review the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Download lesson plan #1 and all associated materials.
Lesson Plan #2- Civilians in the Congo
Students will learn about civilians in the Congo through their personal stories, and discuss the narratives in groups. Download lesson plan #2 and all associated materials.
Lesson Plan #3 - Congo in Conflict
Students will learn about select mineral resources in the Congo and how citizens of the United States are connected to the conflict and other human rights abuses in the Congo. Download lesson plan #3 and all associated materials.
To add other associated resources and information, download the additional materials to be connected with other websites and sources available online. Materials provided include links for current Congo news articles, map images, multimedia components, and partner website information for teachers looking to expand on the lesson plans.