Keerla, India | 60
As a mariner with over 40 years of experience sailing the world’s oceans, I’ve observed life in all its colors, sounds and smells across frontiers. I have been drawn to the underprivileged, and have thought so often about how I might be able to do something. When not sailing, I help my family run free basic math and reading classes for the kids in my village in India and distribute free vitamins and deworming medicine to the kids.
When I heard about edX’s course, The Challenges of Global Poverty, I was initially skeptical about the western world’s view of poverty. I have seen it up close across the world and felt pain and helplessness. Seeing a course actually out there – from MITx, free, and online – was too much to resist.
The edX course validated my work as I learned that much of what I was doing in my village were tactics used by NGOs. I will now try out all of the additional successful tactics and models I learned about in 14.73x.
In addition to the course on the Challenges of Global Poverty, I’m taking Justice from HarvardX. In fact, I am sitting right now on a drilling rig somewhere in the Middle East and doing these courses in my spare time. EdX will surpass all other formats of learning. This is history in the making.
29 May 2018
09 May 2018