Please join us in congratulating all of the finalists in this years Oticon Focus on People Awards. We are especially proud of our long time patient Mala Bawer for being selected as a finalist. Mala shares a passion for making the world a better place for everyone. Please read her story below then click on the link to cast your vote for Mala.
Mala Bawer, who has lived with hearing loss for more than 30 years, understands the ways that technology — in the form of hearing aids or digital resources — empowers life-changing possibilities. Co-founder of CyberSmart Education, she is passionate about the importance of fostering digital literacy. She pioneered the development of the first digital literacy curriculum now modeled internationally. Her initial work in Sub-Saharan Africa inspired Mala’s production of the internationally acclaimed feature film TALL AS THE BAOBAB TREE. Today, Mala and the CyberSmart Africa team work in partnership with the Senegalese Ministry of Education and The Earth Institute at Columbia University tackling the challenge of delivering a 21st century education to millions of youth in Sub-Saharan Africa with extremely limited access to school books. Mala’s team is piloting an innovative digital learning platform to deliver up-to-date learning and teaching resources to schools across the developing world.