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Taking Root Classroom Module

Grades: 9-12
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    Students will examine how Kenya’s history as a colonized nation has contributed to their challenges with deforestation. Historical footage documents the extensive clearing of the land, and the displacement of the tribes and tribal life, which took place during the period of British colonialism beginning in the 1880s. They will also learn that the clearing of forested land continued when Kenya returned to self-rule beginning in 1963. Students will then identify how this environmental degradation is related to other social, political and economic problems that affect the country’s marginalized citizens. 

  • Kenya & Wangari Maathai - Taking Root Classroom Module

    This module portrays the story of Wangari Maathai, the first environmentalist and first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

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  • The Greenbelt Movement - Taking Root Classroom Module

    This module shows how Wangari Maathai and the Green Belt movement mobilized citizens to stand up to their government and demand social and environmental justice.

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National Standards for History
National Health Education Standards


  • Credits

    Lisa Merton, Producer/Director;
    Alan Dater, Producer/Director

  • Credits

    Lisa Merton, Producer/Director;
    Alan Dater, Producer/Director