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African university gets course on pollution problems with help of UW grad team

African university gets course on pollution problems with help of UW grad team

Alhaji N’Jai, a native of Sierra Leone and fellow in the UW-Madison School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Pathobiological Sciences, taught a new toxicology course created by UW grad students as part of an effort to address the African country’s pollution. ANDREW HELLPAP Communities in Sierra Leone will have more tools to combat serious pollution and contamination issues with the help of a course created by graduate students at UW-Madison. The curriculum, built by nine toxicology graduate students, was designed as a user-friendly guide to different toxins specific to the northwestern African country, as well as ways to minimize their effect. Fola Arowolo, 26 (from left), Rachel Wilson, 26, and Morgan Walcheck, 25, worked on the graduate student project to create a toxicology class for the University of Sierra Leone. The course was taught by Alhaji N’Jai, seated with his son, Hamidu Samuel N’jai. “The idea is that we would make it here, and then we would hand off the materials to basically anybody,” said Rachel Wilson, one of the lead graduate students on the project. “A facilitator with little to no training in toxicology could teach the course anywhere in the world.” The curriculum includes activities, games and discussions, and objectives and guidelines for effective teaching, even by non-professional educators. N’Jai said the country suffers from air and water pollution, waste management issues, vehicle emissions, drug and cosmetic toxins, and heavy metal toxins that come from the large mining industry — mostly diamond mining — that the country is known for. Wilson hopes to travel to Sierra Leone next year before the class is taught again in the spring, hoping to present the curriculum and speak at workshops about the work. She said the project has meant a lot to her. Ad Vault Ad Vault

African university gets course on pollution problems with help of UW grad team

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