Wednesday, April 07, 2010

The Eight Day Academy - Changing Women's Lives 8 Day Academy (Dubai, India)
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When you send your students out into the world, you always hope they'll make some kind of visible mark on it, preferably for good. In that vein I'm happy to report that one of my students from the American University in Dubai has done something really spectacular.

Masarat Daud has created the Eight Day Academy for women in one of the more remote areas of India. It's a crash course in computers, communication, and public speaking skills that gives women who have been previously denied educational opportunities a chance to get jobs in a modern marketplace.

As Masarat puts it, if some American guy -- that would be Greg "Three Cups of Tea" Mortenson -- can go over to Pakistan and make schools, why shouldn't she do something similar for her own folks back home?


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