Lesson 7: Trekking to Timbuktu: Restoring the Past--Teacher Version

Today, many of the buildings of the ancient city of Timbuktu are crumbing and the streets are covered with blowing sand from the ever-expanding desert. Fragile manuscripts, dating back to days when the city was a major center of Islamic scholarship, are decomposing. But there is hope. Organizations such as UNESCO are mounting campaigns to save the city and restore its ancient heritage.

Guiding Questions

What environmental factors threaten Timbuktu?

What measures are being taken to restore the mosques?

What is the condition of the ancient manuscripts, and what is being done to preserve them?

Learning Objectives

Describe the environmental conditions that presently threaten Timbuktu

Explain what efforts are being made to restore the ancient mosques

Describe the condition of the ancient manuscripts and tell what is being done to preserve them