Africa: The Vibrant Continent

This unique summer offering combines our popular “What Teachers Need to Know: Africa” podcast series with the flexibility of an online course. Complete the four-part series at your own-pace during the month of July.

Self-Guided Online Course


Wednesday July 3 – Tuesday July 30, 2024


Self-paced asynchronous; approximately 3 hours per session


15 PDPs


Partnership educators: no cost
Non-partnership educators: $300

Especially for educators of grades 6-12

The African continent is home to a multitude of diverse and vibrant histories, cultures, and political landscapes. In this independent and self-paced online course we will examine these rich African worlds thematically, exploring resistance and resilience, innovation and identity, historical memory and representation, and hope and healing. 

This self-paced multimedia experience is anchored by Primary Source’s What Teachers Need to Know: Africa Edition podcast series, produced in collaboration with Boston University’s African Studies Center. Each session will explore these themes through podcast episodes, online media, and scholarship, introducing a wealth of teaching resources that challenge us to expand the way Africa exists in classrooms today. 

Standards: [6.T3] The Middle East and  North Africa, [6.T4] Sub-Saharan Africa,  [WHI.T1] Dynamic interactions among regions of the world, [WHII.T3] The global effects of 19th century imperialism

Registration Information

Partnership Educators:

Registration must be approved through your school district. Contact your school district’s Primary Source representative with your request.

Non-partnership Educators:

Register using the form below.


Contact Sara Wahid at

Registration is ongoing until the course is filled.