Bouctou is an Africana Magazine for Teachers and Students

Welcome to the launch of Bouctou, an Africana Magazine for Teachers and Students!  The origin of the name “Bouctou”, according to legend, comes from a Tuareg woman named Bouctou who founded Timbuktu, a city in Mali that holds historical significance as a major trading post on the trans Saharan caravan route.  The rest stop she created for camels on the Niger River in the 1100s became the site of the city of Timbuktu.

The vision behind Bouctou is to create an accessible and appealing online resource for the K-12 classroom by providing informative articles, scholarly research and engaging commentary, and to support the curriculum by contributing quality Africa-focused resources and material.  Bouctou issues will also contain a student corner with activities and lesson ideas for students that are aimed to excite and inspire them to further explore the African world. The first Issue explores Trade and Scholarship in Medieval West Africa and is sure to educate and inspire young learners.

As Bouctou continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of young learners and educators, we welcome your comments and feedback.

Read the 1st and 2nd Issues of Bouctou below!

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Bouctou Issue 1
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Bouctou Issue 2

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