Adolfo P. Esquivel
Al Gore
Alice Walker
Amitabha Sadangi
Anderson Cooper
Andrew Young
Ann Cotton
Annie Lennox
Arun Gandhi
Bart Weetjens
Benazir Bhutto
Betty Williams
Bianca Jagger
Bill Cosby
Bill Drayton
Bishop C.F.X. Belo
Bob Geldof
Bunker Roy
Carlos Santana
César E. Chávez
Chief L. George
Christ. Amanpour
Clarence B. Jones
Colin Powell
Connie Duckworth
Coretta Scott King
Craig Kielburger
Dalai Lama
Daniel Lubetzky
David Brower
David Ho
David Trimble
Desmond Tutu
Dith Pran
Dolores Huerta
Don Cheadle
Dorothy Height
Dorothy Stoneman
Elie Wiesel
Eric Schwarz
Frederik W de Klerk
Gary Cohen
Geoffrey Canada
George Clooney
George Lucas
George Mitchell
Gérard Jean-Juste
Gillian Caldwell
Greg Boyle
Greg Mortenson
Hafsat Abiola
Harry G. Belafonte
Harry Wu
Helen Caldicott
Henry A. Kissinger
Ida Jackson
Immaculee Ilibagiza
Ingrid Betancourt
Ingrid W. El-Issa

Dr. Taddy Blecher


Dr. Taddy BlecherA pioneer of the free education movement in South Africa, Taddy Blecher was born in 1967, and couldn't ignore the social issues in his country. He wanted to, on a large scale, bring historically disadvantaged poor youth from a place of poverty to a place of confidence and self-sufficiency. In 1999 he founded CIDA City Campus, the first free university, to answer the question of crippling poverty in South Africa. CIDA offers a 4-year business administration degree. Now, over 4,500 CIDA's graduates have gone on to claim promising jobs in the business field. Blecher has helped found several more free educational institutions in South Africa, and because of his work, more than 600,000 young South Africans have been educated in general courses and special life-skills training classes. The university maintains a low-cost system by asking students to utilize their skill and ability in contributing to the operations and management, of their school. Blecher draws down upon the African concept of "Ubuntu," an enthusiastic giving and sharing for the betterment of a community, to establish a work ethic and a sense of responsibility in the students. Blecher has been recognized as one of the 100 young leaders around the world, a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and was a 2006 recipient of the Skoll Foundation's Social Entrepreneur Award. Thanks to the model established by Taddy Blecher, young people across Africa are realizing the depth of their potential, and poverty is slowly being beat down by good business.


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