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23Aug 2015

Telecon launches an employee brand in recognition their efforts – Smart

It’s always nice to see a company recognize it’s employees in some way, especially in a public way. Telecon, a Montreal based telecommunications company has been in business for 40 years. Telecon officially launched its employee brand SMART e along with its promotional logo.  The organization acquires an image and a trademark that are representatives of women and men currently working within the company.  At the same time, it gives to people wishing to be part of Telecon’s team an idea of looked-for attributes and state of mind.

A great big “high five” to Telecon for recognizing it’s employees!!!!

Read more here: Telecon Employee Brand – Smart

13Aug 2015

Indian College turns grandmothers into Engineers

By Rupam Jain Nair

It gives no degrees and the teachers and pupils often do not share a common language, but India’s Barefoot College has been transforming the lives of rural women for four decades.

Located in Tilonia village, 100 kilometres (60 miles) from the capital of the western desert state of Rajasthan, Barefoot is a collection of environmentally friendly dome-shape buildings.

Inside, about a dozen teachers give classes in subjects ranging from the basics of solar engineering, dentistry, mechanics or public health, to radio DJing.

All the pupils sitting on the floor or leaning on old desks are women, some of them illiterate grandmothers from remote villages. Almost everyone is poor, many are unable to read or write, and some come from as far away as Tanzania.

Barefoot was started by social entrepreneur Sanjit “Bunker” Roy in 1972 and has been breaking taboos ever since, educating women who are often second-class citizens discouraged from getting an education.

Magan Kanwar, who teaches solar engineering, remembers being told by her father-in-law she should focus on knitting sweaters rather than dreaming of attending the school.

“But I just wanted to do something more than cooking and producing babies. This college gave me a chance to find the purpose of my life,” she told AFP.

Lots of the women at the school have heavy-drinking and abusive husbands, she says, meaning their studies give them some independence and crucially can secure an income and a future for their children.

“If there’s no food for their kids at least the women can work and look after them, educate them, run the household,” she explained.

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