Nobel Prize Winner Inspires Students

1 decade 1 year 2 weeks ago Friday, June 01 2007 Jun 1, 2007 Friday, June 01, 2007 5:13:27 PM CDT June 01, 2007 in News

Half of the world, nearly 3 billion people, live on less than $2 a day. It is a statistic that has some local high school students taking the first step to eliminate poverty, becoming aware.

Past and present students, along with some Rock Bridge faculty, piled in to hear the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner, Bangladeshi professor Muhammad Yunus, speak over the phone.

"Nothing in education hits everybody," said Rock Bridge world studies teacher Matt cone. "For the kids it did hit. I think it's very profound that they talked to a guy who said, 'figure out what you want to do in life, put it on a poster, paint a picture of it, put it up in your room, think about it everyday, everyday shoot for something big.'"

In his autobiography Banker to the Poor, Yunas explains how he plans to end world poverty with a little bit of money and with a lot of trust. At Rock Bridge, students got a chance to hear it first hand.

"I think he's a really inspiring man," said Melinda Henderson, student. "I would consider him one of my role models. I want to teach in Africa when I get older and he's really inspired me actually to go and do it.

"It's such a great inspiration to see someone from my own country make such a big difference," said Bangladeshi student Mahir Kahn. "It's such a great problem. Just because we can't see it in America doesn't mean it's not happening."

Yunus founded the Grameen bank in the poorest country in Asia. By freely providing money to the poor, he gives them the resources to utilize their talents, so they can pay him back with interest.

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