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Africa is huge! It's the second biggest continent, after Asia. Check out a map of the earth and see how small Ireland and Europe are compared to Africa.

There are over 50 different countries in Africa, and around 2,000 different languages are spoken. The very first human beings lived in Africa. The population of Africa is 1,225,240,943 as of Tuesday, October 25, 2016, based on the latest United Nations estimates. As well as human beings, there are an amazing number of different species of wild life living in climates from desert to tropical forest, and everything in between.

There's an awful lot to learn about Africa - its peoples, cultures, religions, landscapes and politics. Perhaps there are children in your child's school whose parents come from Africa, or perhaps your own family has an African background? Start by learning something about countries you or your friends have heard something about. 

Find some more interesting information about Africa from Ducksters here and read a little about some individual countries on the Activity Village website here. For an interactive map of African countries click here. There is a printable map of African countries if you scroll down on the Ducksters link. 

  • Why am I doing this?

    Children gain confidence in speaking through demonstrating their knowledge to others. Chatting and listening to your child will help build their communication skills. Talking about words and their meaning in everyday life will also help build your child’s vocabulary – and your own!

  • How can I do more?

    Funny stories are interesting and a good excuse to get your child talking. At mealtimes, each family member could tell something interesting or something funny that happened during the day. Watching TV together can also provide a good opportunity for chat and to discuss what you are watching. Check if your child understands different things they hear and encourage your child to teach you new words and things they have learnt.

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