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8-Day Academy in Bangladesh and TEDx Shekhavati in India

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8-Day Academy:

8-Day Academy is my initiative to help rural communities gain necessary and education and skills (in just eight days) that empowers them. So far, these sessions have been conducted in Rajasthan--the most illiterate state in India. Six sessions of 8DA have been completed which has changed the lives of hundreds of people in small villages here. The next two sessions will be in Dhaka, Bangladesh in a slum community where as you can imagine, the condition is very backward. I will be training children and women who will then continue the cycle of 8DA and teach this to more than 600 people.

TEDx Shekhavati:

Shekhavati is the cluster of villages and small towns that I work in. I felt that instead of working with 40-50 people at a time, I need to target the larger community so it was important to bring the values of TED to the village. You can read about the conference and the difficulties I had to face in organising it, here:

http://blog.ted.com/2010/01/tedxshekhavatia.php

More than 1,200 people attended the event and many of them were inspired to create community projects that not only helped themselves but also set a positive example for their communities.

On February 5, 2011 I am organising a second edition of this conference. This time, there will be two conferences (2-3 hours each) on one day. One will be for grown-ups and the other will be for children. The issues that both these categories deal with are quite different.

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