Introduction: Meet the Problem


Key Pals



Good morning ladies and gentlemen,

As early as the mid-1980's, U.S. government intelligence services estimated that there were at least ten places in the world where war could break out over dwindling water supplies. Many of those places are in and around the continent of Africa.

Your task, if you choose to accept it, is to examine any country in Africa and determine its status regarding the "water issue." Consult the directions to get an overview of what needs to be accomplished by the end of the project. Consult resources to access vital information and additional instructions regarding this project. The culmination of your project will be a presentation to the United Nations Ministry of Water and Resource Usage where you will serve as experts on the water-related issues of your chosen country. The purpose of our project is to examine the effects of water upon an entire culture. How does water effect politics, jobs, living conditions, neighbor relations, and economic concerns?

Your reports will be used by the United Nations and the U.S. government to make decisions regarding water issues on the continent of Africa and how best to deal with those issues.

Should we send financial or military aid to your country? If war breaks out, what side will be considered the aggressor? Is war ever justified? Many other questions will be raised by your groups.

Part of your inquiry will involve use of the Internet to access vital information and to make necessary personal contacts to people living in the actual conditions that you will be examining. A complete rubric for the expected content of your reports is available.

Good luck,

This paper will not self-destruct in any specific time limit.

Authors: Bill Meder, Gary Fryrear, and Shelly Peretz, Thornridge High School in Dolton, Illinois.
Handbook of Engaged Learning Projects sponsored by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory Education Office and Friends of Fermilab. Funded by the Midwest Consortium for Mathematics and Science Education based at the North Central Regional Educational Laboratory (NCREL).
Created: July 1, 1996 - Updated: July 24, 1996