Global Studies Students Skype with Human Rights Activist Molly Melching
Last week, Mrs. Philpott's Global Studies class used the Upper School i2 classroom to skype with Molly Melching, a human rights activist based in Senegal and founder and director of Tostan International. Named one of the "Women Who Shake the World" by Newsweek, she has received many awards for her humanitarian work including the Conrad N. Hilton Prize, the largest and most prestigious in the humanitarian field. Her life is also the subject of the book However Long the Night by Aimee Molloy.
"Throughout the semester in Global Studies, I have tried to make use of video conference technology to connect with experts who are not located in Mississippi," said Upper School History Teacher and Associate Director of Global Studies, Emily Philpott. "It is a great way for students to have conversations with people from around the world."
Melching discussed the work that she has been doing in sub-Saharan Africa and talked about the importance of understanding a culture before getting involved and trying to make change. She also gave the students insight as to how she ended up on this path and answered questions about what high school students can do to make a positive impact on the world.