Have you planned a (series of) lesson(s) about European colonialism in Africa and about European-African relations? Are you looking for new, inclusive, and representative sources to talk about this complex topic? Would you like to tackle it from a new perspective? Then, check out our brand new collection of resources on the relationship between Congo and Belgium from the establishment of the Congo Free State (1885) until Congolese Independence (1960)!
This collection of resources combines engaging visual sources, including photos, postcards, artifacts, and maps, with an historical overview of the relations between Belgium and Congo (and Europeans and African people more in general) over the 1800s and 1900s. Designed by Chris Heim, a member of the Football Makes History Team, to support the learning of students aged 14-18, the sources presented can be used to teach about race, ethnicity and (de)colonization, culture and sport.
A deliberate selection of sources
The colonial powers, as well as the colonised people, have produced a wealth of sources that can now be used to teach about colonialism from a variety of perspectives. In this collection, we present sources and narratives that highlight specific moments of the past that can help our students discuss migration and injustice.
In 1830 Belgium became independent after an opera performance; in 1959 Congo demanded independence after a football match… football is gunpowder – David Van Reybrouck.
Football is used as a tool to make the connection between migration and society, and the topic of migration, more accessible to students. In addition, the sources presented represent the voices of individuals with different social and ethnic backgrounds, so that students learn how to approach different sources.
For each of the sources, Chris has also identified key questions that students, in groups or with the teacher as an introduction activity, can answer to deepen their understanding of the history of European-African relations.
Get the resource
EuroClio is currently updating the eLearning Platform Historiana to host documents such as this collection of resources. Until then, you can find this collection of resources on the EuroClio website.