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African Conference

Batschi Global Studies
Your assessment for our Africa unit will be a culminating “African Conference” project.
You and your group (of 3 or 4 people) will represent a historical African kingdom or people. You will be given issues affecting Africa at this time and will research them from the perspective of your kingdom as well as how your kingdom interacts with others. On the day of the Conference, you will meet with the other representatives in a General Assembly to create resolutions regarding important issues facing Africa.
You will be graded on the following:

  • Your research on your kingdom/people – significant outside research from reputable sources is required

  • A hand-drawn, titled, and labeled map depicting your kingdom and its interaction with its geography and trading partners

  • A 2 page position paper on your assigned issue (12 font, double-spaced), with citations and a properly formatted bibliography

  • Your group’s presentation at the Conference

  • Your individual participation and completed notes from the day of the Conference

You get to choose your group! You should come prepared on Wednesday, 4/24 to tell me the names of the people in your group. Only 3 person groups will be accepted on Wednesday.

I will assign your group a kingdom from the following list:

  • Nubia

  • Ghana

  • Mali

  • Songhai

  • Hausa

  • Benin

  • Axum

  • Ethiopia

  • Great Zimbabwe

Once assigned a kingdom, you should start your research and collaboration with your group.

Period 1
Ghana: Anisha, Anna, Jane, Daniel
Mali: Rafiul, Spencer, Edward, Jonathan
Songhai: Yorke, Shaan, Jeffrey
Hausa: Eileen, Cindy, Wendy, George
Benin: Francesco, Hasan, Chris, Emeka
Axum: Lakshay, Andy, Rocky, Jeffrey
Ethiopia: Al, Nick, Angel, Jason
Great Zimbabwe: Gurvir, Mustafa, Saima
Nubia: Ruby, Esther, Jessie, William

Period 2
Ghana: Noshin, Nandini, Krystal, Miar
Mali: Jessica Chen, Xiao Jing, Waverly, Xiaotong
Songhai: Michael, Daniel, Adam, Jahid
Hausa: Ashley, Michelle, Christina
Benin: Sakib, Xiao Shen, Thomas, Griffin
Axum: Meryem, Olivia, Amanda, Shalma
Ethiopia: Luca, Ben, Jaiyong
Great Zimbabwe: Laura, Yulan, Jessica Ta
Nubia: Alex, Davin, Wesley, Seokjoo

Period 3
Ghana: Shabeba, Tina, Amanda, Jung
Mali: Andreas, Cavell, Peter
Songhai: John, Dhruv, Jermaine, Dennis
Hausa: Jenny, Haythi, Lauren, Aniqua
Benin: Hannah, Charlotte, Kasey
Axum: Akvinder, Rachel, Wendy, Ankit
Ethiopia: Veerendra, Matthew, Jason Kim, Stephen
Great Zimbabwe: Wangkun, Jason Chin, Peyton, Yutian
Nubia: MD, Gustavo, Abdur, Shourav

Period 6
Ghana: Anusha, Maya, Grace, Patrick
Mali: Reid, Ariana, Nick, Aashli
Songhai: Michael, William, Sam, Jiaming

Hausa: Kierstyn, Crystal, Zakia, Diana

Benin: Deric, Darren, Andy
Axum: Mustafa, Phoebe, Jing, Kalil
Ethiopia: Toma, Abbey, Melissa
Great Zimbabwe: Samuel, Edgar, Suyash, Roger
Nubia: Gokul, Amandeep, Xing, Andrew

Period 7
Ghana: Jose, Mohammed, Ahsanul, Hemant
Mali: Steven Lekram, Areebur, Kevin, Sharjil
Songhai: Jessica Younan, Brianna, Julia
Hausa: Jessica Li, Yi, Jin
Benin: Helen, Fidelia, Winifred, Samuel
Axum: Philip Choi, Lucas, Jack, Derek
Ethiopia: Willie, Siyu, Chang, Philip Lee
Great Zimbabwe: Tyler, Jiong Qi, Steven Su, J.T.
Nubia: Esther, Vivien, Preeya, Bonnie

Africa Conference Kingdoms Information Sheet

Trade (internal, external, resources, routes, etc.)

Religion (native, interaction with Islam and Christianity, etc.)

Slave Trade (internal African, external European, etc.)









Great Zimbabwe

African Conference Assignments
Map - Due Tuesday, 4/30

Each member of your group is responsible for creating at least one hand-drawn, titled, and labeled map of Africa (and relevant parts of Europe/Middle East). It should give dates and depict important geographic features, important cities, resources, trade routes, religion, etc. You may want to create more than one map to depict these different aspects. Your map must have a key and it must use color! Remember, maps should tell a story – decide upon the story you want to portray in your map and think about the best way of presenting it visually.

Position Paper – Due Tuesday, 4/30

Your group as a whole is responsible for writing a 2 page (12 font, double-spaced) position paper. Your position paper should include a brief introduction followed by a comprehensive breakdown of your country's position on the topics that are being discussed by General Assembly (trade, religion, and slavery). A good position paper will not only provide facts but also make proposals for resolutions. See for more help and a sample position paper from the National Model UN Conference. Your position paper must include citations from reputable sources and a properly formatted bibliography.
Resolution – Due Wednesday, 5/1 (day of Conference!)

Your group as a whole is responsible for drafting a ½ - 1 page resolution (double-spaced) to present to the General Assembly. Your resolution should make a proposal of a policy action that the African kingdoms could make. Your resolution should obviously be in your best interest, but you will want to think about how it might benefit other kingdoms – you’ll need their support if you want your resolution to pass! Don’t worry about following the official Model UN format for this part – just make sure it’s clear and concise.
Kingdoms information sheet – Due Thursday, 5/2

Each member of your group is responsible for completing the Kingdoms information sheet. Do this throughout your research and as you talk to other representatives at the Conference. Some sections will apply more heavily to certain kingdoms than others – do your best.

Rules of Procedure

  1. Committees will operate as follows:

    1. The Chairperson will open the session and may manage the General Assembly as she sees fit.

    2. Resolutions will be discussed separately.

    3. For each resolution:

      1. The Chairperson will announce what resolution the committee will be debating.

      2. The sponsor(s) of the resolution will read the text of the resolution at this time, and answer any clarifying questions. Only questions that are for clarification are allowed, the sponsor(s) will not answer any argumentative questions.

      3. Following this, the Chairperson will create a speakers list. The kingdom which sponsored the resolution will be given the opportunity to speak first.

      4. During the debate on a resolution, any delegate may rise and say, “Point of Inquiry.” The Chairperson will then ask, “Will the delegate yield to a question?” If the speaker agrees, the delegate may ask one question. No back and forth debate is permitted.

      5. If a delegate has a “Point of Information” the speaker must yield to the point. A “Point of Information” must be a single statement of established fact from the delegate. A point of information must be relevant to the debate and cannot express a personal opinion.

      6. Should a delegate abuse points of information, the chair has the power to deem his/her actions as badgering and the delegate will lose his right to speak during the debate of the resolution in question.
      7. After at least three speakers have had the floor, a delegate may move to close the debate. This motion is not debatable and requires a 2/3 vote.

      8. The Chairperson may, at any time, declare the speakers list closed.

      9. At the conclusion of the debate, the Chairperson will open the resolution to a vote by the delegates.

      10. The resolution shall be passed if it wins by a simple majority vote.

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