Students Complete Unit on Ebola with a Strategic Plan Presentation
Here at Little Mountain, students are citizens of the world, aware and informed on events that are shaping the planet. The recent and ongoing outbreak of Ebola in Western Africa is one such event that has devastated communities and terrified people all over the world.
Jahrine’s Deer and Junior Rooster classes have been working on a unit in which the agent, host and environment of the Ebola outbreak are analyzed in class through reading articles, watching news documentaries and carrying out research. The end of unit project involved students giving a PowerPoint presentation on their ideas on how to break the epidemiological triangle and combat the spread of this deadly virus.
Through their studies, students discovered that the most important things to consider in trying to fight the spread of Ebola in Western Africa are education and communication.
Yoko Ujike suggested in her presentation that we must ‘Break the side of the triangle between the host and the environment. By taking away the environment that Ebola likes, the disease will not be transmitted.’
Jaden Lu also believes that the side between the host and the environment must be broken, but in his opinion religion is to blame for the rampant spread of Ebola. He spoke of the danger of religious practices, like washing the corpse and how people are uncooperative due to their warped views on science.
Jason Xu believes ‘To stop the Ebola crisis is important, but to decrease the chance of diseases beginning is more important. Which leads to education, education can eventually develop people’s knowledge, so it makes diseases more difficult to spread. This plan will require a lot of budgets for tools, a lot of patients, and efforts. The challenges will be the traditional people’s thought and distrust, due to cultural influence and history. My goal is, after 10 years, the average amount of educated people in Africa will increase by 5%, and decrease the infection rate of popular diseases in Africa by 3%.’
Now Jahrine’s students are able to have educated discussion about a complex and important issue facing the world today. Who knows, perhaps they will be part of the team that make the breakthrough the world needs in the future and find a cure for this horrible virus.