Reporting from the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha in November, NYTimes reporter Nazanin Lankarani tells the story of Bunker Collage, which has been expanding its training efforts to include solar technical education for grandmothers into Africa.
“Persuading the Indian immigration authorities to grant entry visas to illiterate African grandmothers who claim to be trainee solar engineers is no easy task.
“Yet, Sanjit Bunker Roy, an Indian educator, has, since 2005, succeeded in bringing 140 such women to the Barefoot College, a school he founded in 1972 in Tilonia, a village in Rajasthan State, about 95 kilometers, or 60 miles, from the state capital, Jaipur.
“’Never in the history of Africa have so many women traveled so far away, for so long, to be trained as solar engineers, without knowing how to read, write or speak the language,’” said Mr. Roy at the World Innovation Summit for Education in Doha in November.”
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