“Real learning” outside of the classroom …

Students in the African Studies course prepare for their final assignment with different study trips.

Two weeks ago, students in the African Studies course attended the 20th Commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi in Rwanda.

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In this moving ceremony, the Rwandan ambassador, Ingvar Karlsson (former Prime Minister of Sweden), Mrs. Lisbet Palme (Member of Organization of African Unity’s 1998 International Panel of Eminent Personalities), Judge Lennart Aspegren (Former Judge at the UN International Criminal Tribunal), a survivor of the genocide, and Rwandan youth shared their memories and experiences from this tragic time.  One main message of this ceremony was: Kwibuka 20: remember-unite-renew . . .


Today, students in this course visited the Nordiska Afrika Institutet, NAI*, in Uppsala.

naiThey had a guided tour of the library and resources available there. Our librarian joined the study trip.

rwanda10This course builds on different experiences: external lecturers, study visits, African visitors to class, debates in class, current events, and more.  All of these activities help the students develop an understanding for the developmental, economic, educational, cultural, and political issues of this region of the world.  The final assignment is an essay that brings together the different aspects of their learning.  Students get to choose the subject that interests them the most.

Thanks Alexandra for organizing so many interesting learning opportunities.

Students – Good luck with your essays!

More articles about this course, here>> and here>> and here>>



*Nordiska Afrikainstitutet är ett centrum för samhällsvetenskaplig forskning om det moderna Afrika. Institutet förser de nordiska länderna med aktuella, kritiska och alternativa analyser av Afrika.

About kristylundstrom

I currently work as the Managing Director of Viktor Rydberg Schools. I am a student of learning. I am interested to see where it happens, when it happens, and how it happens. I am also a math and computer science teacher. I have lived in Belgium and in the USA. I really appreciate my multi-cultural environment - I believe it adds dynamics to our school.
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