Beginning to Understand Zambia and Chibobo

The Geography of the Chibobo Community

The maps below shows the approximate location of Serenje. The major administrative town from Chibobo lies about 30 km north of it.


Source: http://maps.google.com/

Note: Climate and weather data exists for Serenje.

Student Task

Student Task

Using the websites below, briefly explain the physical geography of Zambia (terrain, river systems, unused land)

Website References:
http://www.zambiatourism.com/travel/hisgeopeop/geograph.htm
http://www.the-river-church.com/africaiscalling/geography.shtml
http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1O142-Zambia.html

Student Task

Student Task

Click on the links below to compare the temperature variations and rainfall patterns for Serenje, Zambia and Melbourne, Australia.

Website References:
http://www.climate-charts.com/Locations/z/ZA67571SERE00010.html
http://www.climate-charts.com/Locations/a/AU94868000860710.html

Website References:
http://www.climate-charts.com

The Life of People in Zambia

In order to understand difficulties that are faced by the people of the Chibobo district, it is useful to know some basic relevant facts about Zambia:

Student Task

Student Task

Using the websites below answer the following questions:

What is the average life expectancy for men and women?

How many children are born per woman on average (the fertility rate)?

What is the unemployment rate?

What percentage of the population lives below the poverty line?

From the answers to questions above, what can you conclude about life for most people in Zambia ? What evidence is there to suggest that quite a number of children become orphans in their communities?

Website References:
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108165.html
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/za.html

The Relationship between the Economy of Zambia and its Energy Resources

Student Task

Student Task

Using the websites below answer the following questions:

What evidence is there that Zambia does not have major coal or natural gas resources or has not exploited them if they exist?

What is the main source of Zambia's electricity?

What do you notice about the production and consumption of electricity in Zambia?

Where does the difference in electricity supply and consumption go?

Where does Zambia export its electricity to and how does it do this?

Website References:
http://www.infoplease.com/ipa/A0108165.html
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/za.html
http://www.iea.org/Textbase/stats/electricitydata.asp?COUNTRY_CODE=ZM

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