Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre

More Milk Zuri?!

Follow the story of Zuri’s quest - how can genetics help her to produce enough milk for all of the children in her village? This resource has been designed for pupils aged 8 to 14 years old and has interdisciplinary curriculum links with science, social science, literacy and sustainability.

More Milk Zuri?! is a story which explores how genetics can be used to help an African cow produce enough milk for all the children in her village.

This interdisciplinary learning resource has been designed for pupils aged 8 to 14 years old and has science curriculum links with cells, inheritance and topical science as well as linking in with social science, literacy and learning for sustainability

The story told in the comic is based in East Africa.  Many of words that the author of the comic used are Swahili and even some of the characters names have Swahili meaning.

I have worked in Tanzania in the past and wanted to make a comic that was sympathetic to the traditional African storytelling style. We decided to give the three main characters in the comic African names like ‘Zuri’, which is Swahili for ‘beautiful’, ‘Busara’, which means ‘wise’ and ‘Elewa’, which means ‘understand’.

The comic has also been translated into Swahili – the official language of East Africa – schools in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda are able to access this classroom resource.

What does the resource include?

  • Pupil worksheet for each learner to document their learning (can be use for assessment)
  • More Milk Zuri?! Comic to introduce the lesson 
  • Teaching Guide to provide support and information for teachers using the resource
  • Class Presentation for teachers to use with their learners in the classroom
  • Real-Life Research Non-Fiction Reading Text to be used to talk about the real-world science that is happening at The University of Edinburgh 
  • More Milk Zuri?! Game a table top game that pupils use to select bulls with different qualities and characteristics, to produce future generations of cows that are healthier and more productive.


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If you use this resource please show us your work by tweeting @EBSOClab @CTLGH_info #MoreMilkZuri

If you have any questions about this resource please email ebsoc@ed.ac.uk

More Milk Zuri?! classroom resource was produced by the Easter Bush Science Outreach Centre, Roslin Insitute and Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics & Health, using facilities funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation.