Matters of Education

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The Situation in South Sudan

Length of Time:   45 Minutes


The country of Sudan remains an important current event. This interactive map from the BBC website highlights key components of the country’s situation and is updated daily. The recent decision by those in the South to form a separate nation has led to continued hardship while the wealthy and political strength continues in the northern areas as the maps illustrate. Likewise the oil wealth of the nation, supported by external powers such as China, continues to bolster the political misconduct of the government in Khartoum.

Essential Questions

How is the poverty of South Sudan demonstrated through various social and economic indicators?

Common Core Standards

Content Standards

Grade 6: World Geography

  •  Concepts and Skills:
  • History and Geography: Reading and Interpreting Maps
  • Key Elements of Market Economy
  • Products Traded
  • Learning Standards: Africa