Educational Initiatives


Under the Slave Route project, particular importance is ascribed to the development of educational materials that help to improve the teaching about the slave trade and its consequences. Continuing the work initiated under the ASPnet Transatlantic Slave Trade (TST) Education Project, The Slave route Project has contributed to several initiatives to develop educational/teaching materials on the slave trade and slavery for use by pupils, teachers and the general public.

It has thus contributed to the development of content for primary and secondary school textbooks, in particular in France, the United Kingdom, the Caribbean and several African countries. It has also contributed to the publication of two books for young people on the subject: Tell me about… the Slave Trade and L’esclavage raconté à nos enfants (Telling our Children about Slavery).

In cooperation with the UNESCO Office in San José (Costa Rica), work on a series of four educational works and a didactic guide entitled Del olvido a la memoria [From Oblivion to Memory], designed for Central American countries, has begun under the project in order to improve knowledge of the particular features of slavery in that subregion and of the various contributions of people of African descent. The four works have just been published and a popularization drive is under way so that they may be used officially in some Central American countries.

The project is cooperating with the National Maritime Museum in London to produce and disseminate education and information kits on the slave trade and on slavery, for use by students and teachers. The purpose of this programme is to facilitate the teaching of the subject through interesting and documented material.

As of 2018, "Building Our Nation: The Contribution of Afro-Caribbean Migration in Costa Rica" is available online. This is a mini-series of documentaries that can be used as an educational tool, produced by the Chair of African and Caribbean Studies and the Vice-Rectory of Teaching of the University of Costa Rica, with the support of UNESCO. The four documentaries provide a first-hand account, through testimonies, of the experience of migrants from the Caribbean islands in the process of integrating their descendants into the country.

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