On January 17th, 2018, Global Classroom and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation invited educators and interested community members to an educator workshop entitled “What Does it Take to Eradicate Disease?” The goal was to provide our guests with more knowledge regarding global health issues, Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs), and the initiatives underway to combat these diseases. For our educators in attendance, the workshop provided three credit hours along with a Global Classroom produced resource packet to be used in the classroom. Our night consisted of two presentations, one given by Nana-Kwadwo Biritwum and one given by Felicia Maffia. Finally, a panel discussion was headed by Tami Carabello, Zeta Strickland, and a Glacier Peak High School student.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Discovery Center served as an excellent venue for aiding our discussion topics by offering many informative and interactive displays regarding global health. Virtual reality head sets were available which provided an intriguing new perspective on Elephantiasis, Sleeping Sickness, and River Blindness, three of the many NTDs.
The content of the packet consists of many of the same global health issues that our speakers discussed, lesson plans, and additional insight into other aspects of the Gates Foundation and how its work. If you use our resource packet in the classroom, let us know!