Discovery Boxes

The African Studies Program curates thematic Discovery Boxes which include objects related to particular activities, topics, or cultural contexts for hands-on exploration in the classroom.

These boxes are FREE lending resources for educators. African Studies Program will pay for shipping to and from your school!

Interested in becoming a Discovery Box Curator? Learn more here.

The following African Studies Discovery Boxes are available for loan in your classroom:

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"Things Fall Apart" Discovery Box

full-box-contentsAre your students reading Chinua Achebe’s classic novel Things Fall Apart ? Borrow our Things Fall Apart discovery box to supplement and enrich your lessons with material culture items from Nigeria. Check it out > >


Rwanda Discovery Box

rwanda-boxEnhance your students’ understanding of Rwanda’s history and culture by borrowing our Rwanda Discovery Box. Check it out >>


Sierra Leone Discovery Box

sierra-leone-full-boxIs your class reading Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier ? Give you students a hands-on learning experience with this discovery box of cultural items from Sierra Leone. Check it out >>


Uganda Discovery Box

This box includes items from daily life in Uganda and is a great way to share contemporary Ugandan culture with students. Check it out >>


Swahili Discovery Box

This box includes items important to Swahili coast culture and a set of kangas (east African fabrics) which include Swahili phrases. Check it out >>


More Coming Soon!

If you are interested in borrowing a Discovery Box, please contact