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Social Change in Africa
Transcript of Social Change in Africa
How can Civil Engineers improve the quality of life for the people of Africa?
Why the sun and moon live in the sky
Civil engineers have made many improvements to the quality of life for many people in Africa.
Akosombo Stories. Dir. Stephan Miescher. Perf. The People of Ghana. Stephan Meischer, 2009. DVD
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EXPERIENCES OF MODERNITY IN GHANA'S AKOSOMBO TOWNSHIP." Journal of African History 53.3 (2012): 367-90. ProQuest. 17 Oct. 2014 .
ORAL HISTORY OF THE AKOSOMBO DAM WEB VERSION. Dir. Volta River Authority.
Perf.The People of Ghana. Volta River Authority, 2013. Film.
"Why the sun and the moon live in the sky." African folktales -. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Oct. 2014.
The story “Why the sun and the moon live in the sky” is an African folktale originally told orally about the friendship between the sun and the water. The sun always visits the water but never the other way around. This makes the sun upset, he asks why the water never comes to visit. The water says there isn’t enough room in the house for the water and his people. So the sun builds a very large house for the water to come visit him, in the end the water and his people fill the house and force the sun and his wife the moon into the sky.(Why the sun and the moon live in the sky)
The Akosombo Dam project plays a huge part in changing the lives of the people of Ghana through civil engineering. This project will provide electricity for years to come(ORAL HISTORY OF THE AKOSOMBO DAM WEB VERSION.). All though it displaced the people who lived right near the river, it will allow the people to live better lives. The dam is a civil engineering master piece. It is one of the first projects of its kind in Ghana. It changed the whole culture of the people who were displaced by the dam being built. The government of Ghana has to compensate the people who were forced to move, this move has had major effects on the peoples way of life.(MIESCHER, STEPHAN F)
The Angondje Community project is an urban development in Libreville, the capital of Gabon. This community will house about 200,000 people and it will have schools, roads, medical facilities and shops. This is a fast growing area especially economically. To design this community the engineers are using computer modeling software to create housing of all types. This will allow for easy assembly and high quality designs. This community will be a housing development created by civil engineering that will be very sustainable. This will allow the community to be long lasting, environmentally friendly and healthy.(Institution of Civil Engineers)
The people of Ghana made their money by farming, which is also how they put food on the table for their families.(ORAL HISTORY OF THE AKOSOMBO DAM WEB VERSION)
Breach- Governmental sanctions on electricity
Crisis- The people of Ghana do not all have access to electricity
Redressive Action- The government realized that all of their people should have access to
Schism- Now there are government funded programs to get more electricity made in Ghana for the people to use.(Boateng, Bray, Hooke)
In Ghana the quality of life is not high, in an effort to improve that the governments and humanitarians around the world and in Ghana have made a great effort to improve that by bringing electricity to all the people of Ghana, atleast that is their goal.(Cook, Cynthia C.)
In Africa Civil Engineers have made many improvements to the lives of the people who live there. They have given the people electricity and clean water so they can live better healthier lives than those before them. They will have access to many new things like modern medicine and computers to help teach their kids things in school.
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