About this Site
This site aims to help teachers and educators to Break the Silence that continues to surround the story of the enslavement of Africa that began over 500 years ago. It is designed to provide teachers with a variety of resources and ideas about how to teach the subject holistically, accurately and truthfully. It aims to represent the voices that are not usually heard. It hopes to highlight the involvement of Africans in their own liberation and to show that the impact of enslavement of the African continent was so far reaching that the legacies remain with us today, perhaps more powerfully than ever. The Transatlantic Slave Trade, also referred to within this site as enslavement, or the African Holocaust, was not just a part of history that can be forgotten. It forcibly changed the fabric of societies worldwide, economically, politically, socially, culturally and spiritually. Its long lasting legacies are directly relevant to people all over the world today.
How to Use this Site
Breaking the Silence – Learning about the Transatlantic Slave Trade presents the user with a range of information as well as perspectives, from teacher ‘Briefings’ which have been contributed by people from the three regions represented in this site (Africa, Caribbean and Americas and Europe), pages of ‘Links’ to useful websites, easily downloadable ‘Ready to use lesson plans and activities’, a ‘Pick and Mix’ assortment of useful resources that teachers can adapt and use creatively across the curriculum, virtual ‘Slave Routes’ that map out places and people connected to the slave trade or its legacy, in different countries across the three regions and ‘Up from Slavery’, an activity for students or young people that charts a journey through from enslavement to emancipation.
The Sub Sections
On the left hand side are a number of sub headings. Clicking on any one of these will take you to pages of ‘Links’ to useful websites and on line materials that will help teachers to cover the theme in depth without missing important areas.
Up from Slavery Activity
Breaking the Silence Education Project
But this is just the beginning of a resource that we hope will grow and improve over time. Teachers are the experts – they know what works in classrooms in Africa, in the Caribbean, Americas and Europe. We’d like to be able to share that good practise within and across the regions to help and support others to approach the subject holistically, sensitively and thoughtfully. So if you have ideas and contributions for resources, lesson plans, places of interest or links that are not yet featured, please send them in and we may be able to include them (at the editor’s discretion). This support will encourage teachers to introduce this as a regular curriculum subject in countries all over the world, helping to break the international silence on the real story of African enslavement.
Breaking the Silence, Learning about the Transatlantic Slave Trade website, is a joint initiative between UNESCO, Anti-Slavery International, the British Council and the Norwegian Agency for Development Co-operation (NORAD). It has been developed in connection with UNESCO's ASPnet Transatlantic Slave Trade Education Project, Breaking the Silence. Some of the texts included within these pages are based on material written by the University of the West Indies for this project.
The production and development of such a comprehensive international resource was made possible by the generous contributions of a number of experts in the field who have kindly donated texts, materials, images and educational activities to this website. We would especially like to thank the following: Dr Hakim Adi, Senior Lecturer, School of Humanities and Cultural Studies, Middlesex University; Kathryn Burgess; Marcia Burrowes, University of Warwick; Madge Dresser, Principal Lecturer, School of History University of the West of England; Richard Hart; Issifu Lampo; Raphael Murera; David Richardson, Professor of Economic History, University of Hull; Stephen Small, Ph.D, Associate Professor in the Department of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley, USA; Dean Smart, Teacher Trainer at the Faculty of Education of the University of the West of England and his PGCE students; Professor Elisée Soumonni, Université Nationale du Bénin; James Walvin, Professor of History, University of York;
Also thanks to all those who allowed us to expose their creativity in the name of education - Faustin Charles, CETTIE (Cultural Education through Theatre in Education) and many more to come
Research by S.I. Martin, writer and researcher