Presented here are two products by students in the United States that addressed the Ebola crisis. Creators worked closely with Hindogbae Kposowa (co-founder of Sierra Leone Rising) and the Bumpe Ngao Chiefdom in Sierra Leone. Both schools involved also worked with World Leadership School on their global initiatives.
At Town School for Boys (San Francisco, California), in their high school Algebra class on exponentials, students realized through the math that a donation today has more impact than it will in even a few weeks. So they mounted a fundraising campaign to support grassroots work in Bumpe. See and share their video (above). Teachers: Hilary McArthur and Garrett Frank.
The Madeira School (McLean, Virginia) did a project on Ebola eradication in a new course called Contemporary Issues in Science (12th grade). This first product (embedded above) was a Public Service Announcement for use in Bumpe Ngao Chiefdom, created at Hindo's request; it features a Mende soundtrack the students found on the CDC website. A second product, a documentary designed to explain the science of Ebola and engage a western audience, was finished in January, 2015. Teacher: Ashley Johnson.
Reflections from Ben, the Town School student who did the bulk of the film editing for his team:
"I really enjoyed this project, and I think that as we have grown to be 8th graders, the projects we do more apply to real world topics."