TEDxChange 2013 Speakers: Salim Shekh and Sikha Patra, Vaccine Advocates

Salim Shekh, a boy of 15 years, lives in a polluted slum in East Kolkata, India. Sikha Patra, a girl of 15 years, lives in an Indian slum called Neheru Colony. This dynamic duo has been engaged in eradicating polio from their community, developing a map which they plan to share online with the global audience to make their invisible community visible. Sikha and Salim are child advisors to Prayasam, an India-based NGO that has organized thousands of children in the slum areas to become peer leaders/educators, catalyzing lifestyle changes within their communities. Focusing primarily on preventive health, sanitation, and hygiene, these children are changing the physical and social environment within which they live. Currently they are negotiating with the local government to ward off diseases like dengue. Both Sikha and Salim were speakers at the Skoll World Forum held in Oxford in 2012. They spoke about the active role of the youth as the contributors as well as the change-makers of the society.

After showing a trailer from the feature film Revolutionary Optimists, about how children are saving lives in the slums of Calcutta, TEDxChange host Melinda Gates will then invite Salim and Sikha, who both feature prominently in the film, to join her onstage for Q&A.

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TEDxChange 2013 Speaker: Halimatou Hima, Investing in Girls

Halimatou Hima was born in Niger, where she served as the first president of the Youth Parliament at age fifteen. During her tenure, she engaged various stakeholders for national campaigns on girls’ education, especially in rural areas, among other initiatives. She earned a scholarship to the United World College and Wellesley College, where she joined a small group of students to build Harambe Entrepreneur Alliance. Upon her graduation in 2010, Halimatou worked extensively in rural Niger on child marriage, girls’ education, and youth participation with Unicef. She independently spearheaded microenterprise programs with women. Halimatou — selected in 2011 as one of “Africa’s 25 top emerging women leaders under 25 for their commitment to service” — is a candidate for a master’s degree in public policy (MPP) at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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Making Change since 2010

The first TEDxChange event took place in New York (USA) in 2010, followed by Kibera (Kenya) and Delhi (India) in 2011, and Berlin (Germany) in 2012. This year, the event returns to the USA and will be staged in Seattle, home city of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Past highlights include talks by statistics guru Hans Rosling; women and girls advocate and former South African first lady Graça Machel; clinical officer and social entrepreneur Dorah Nyanja; Theo Sowa, CEO of the the African Women’s Development Fund; and a performance by the inimitable Senegalese artist Baaba Maal.

This year’s TEDxChange event, hosted by Melinda French Gates, takes place on 3 April 2013 in Seattle, USA. TEDxSoweto, along with over 200 other TEDx communities around the world, will stream this event live. Our programme will run from 16:30 to 19:30 at JoziHub, on 44 Stanley Avenue, in Milpark Johannesburg.

See 3 of the highlights below, and up to 24 TEDxChange talks here.

Hans Rosling takes us to his wonderful world of statistics, and explains why Millennium Development Goals for child mortality are entirely possible.

Graça Machel calls on the world to put women and girls at the center of the efforts to fulfill the Millennium Development Goals.

Senegalese artist and singer Baaba Maal performs an acoustic ballad.

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