The Walking School Bus Presents:  
Bus Chats 

Join us in an evening filled with remarkable speakers and inspirational stories as we discuss the reality of accessing education in the developing world. 

When: January 19th, 2016
Where: Hillel 6145 University Boulevard - UBC 
Time: 6 PM
Admission: By Donation

Guest Speakers:

Ally Sekora

Ally holds a BSc in Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness and is currently working on his Masters degree in Food and Resource Economics. Being a survivor of the 1994 Rwandan genocide, Ally aspires to contribute to the development of Rwanda by creating a platform that will empower and engage youth to utilize Agri-preneurship which will subsequently tackle rural poverty and unemployment.

Dr. Abera Demeke

Dr. Demeke is Agricultural Economist with several years of experience in agricultural research and teaching at the post-secondary level. He left Ethiopia after completing his undergraduate studies in 2002 and moved to Germany where he pursued a PhD in Agricultural Economics. Since then, he has gained over ten years of experience in economics and business research. Dr. Demeke teaches courses on development economics and MBA related material. He also sits on The Walking School Bus board and provides policy advice. 

Aaron Friedland 

Aaron developed his passion for economic development and education while working and researching abroad.

He recognized that students in places such as Uganda, South Africa, and India who struggled academically would often fall into the poverty trap. His personal experiences opened his eyes to myriad barriers to education including distance to school and lack of nutrition. These experiences in conjunction with his work at UN Watch, a Geneva-based non-profit taught him a great deal about education in developing countries and gave him the foundation to create an organization which aims to help students worldwide access education.
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