small south africa
Designed to accompany our Microsoft Problem Based Learning course, we were asked to develop a Minecraft world in which students could explore the diverse problems facing South Africa with a view to developing solutions as part of their curriculum learning. So far students and teachers, from South Africa to Seattle, have used it to explore:
- Ethical mining practices
- Clean water access
- Urban development and social housing
- Education for girls
- Tax expenditure
- Human rights
- Conservation and animal rights
Our Minecraft world can be used as a powerful tool for critical and creative thinking in social, economic and environmental issues and in developing awareness and empathy beyond the curriculum.
The map includes:
- A diamond mine
- A coastal area, including discoloured water
- A game reserve including a wide range of Africa's most iconic and lesser known wildlife as well as termite mounds and hyena dens.
- A city model, including some key historical buildings from Jo'burg and Cape Town
- An informal settlement
- Lion's Head Mountain
- A replica of the Ndebele village.