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A vision for the blind in Kyrgyzstan

Elnura Emilkanova, 27, from Kyrgyzstan – a small, land-locked country in Central Asia. Once part of the Soviet Union, this mountainous region of former nomads is one of the poorest countries in the region and has seen its fair share of political instability and ethnic strife in recent years. But it has a burgeoning civil society too. Elnura devotes her life to empowering Kyrgyzstan’s blind population, drawing experience and inspiration from her frequent travels abroad. She’s now involved in advocacy work in the capital Bishkek, helping to train the blind to become leaders.

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Date

Wednesday 29.08.2012 | 09:04

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Young global leaders talk education

What will life be like in the year 2030? How can we help shape tomorrow’s world today? This is the question that Young Global Leaders from the world of politics, science, business and the arts are turning their attention to.

They are all under the age of 40 and all looking for solutions for the future. The “Young Global Leaders” initiative was set up by the founder and President of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab. The five-part series looks at the issues of health, the environment, employment and the fight against poverty. In this episode, we meet three people who talk to us about their ideas on education: Subhash Dinar, senior vice-president of the international IT firm Infosys; Jimmy Whales, founder of Wikepedia; and Peter Bisanz, a film director from the US.

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Date

Friday 20.07.2012 | 10:05

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