In a proud moment for India, an entrepreneur from Bihar, Sharad Sagar, 24, has been invited by US President Barack Obama to the White House to attend a special gathering of world leaders.
On October 03, 2016, President Obama’s White House will host “South by South Lawn: A White House Festival of Ideas, Art and Action”, the inaugural gathering of leaders to celebrate the 'spirit of innovation'.
According to the official White House statement, "the event will bring together creators, innovators, and organizers who work day in and day out to improve the lives of people around the world. It is a celebration of the great work these people have already accomplished."
Sharad is the founder and CEO of Dexterity Global - an ecosystem of educational platforms that aims at connecting every child with the best education opportunities - and the only one from Bihar to be listed in the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 List. He is one of the very few innovators, entrepreneurs and changemakers and the only Indian to have received this invitation to this special event to be hosted by President Obama at the White House.
"I want to let everyone know that it's not me who has been invited, it's us and our shared vision of creating a better future for our children. I am honoured and thank President Obama and the White House for seeing great value in our work. But I always say, awards bestowed on Dexterity don't matter to us, our real awards are our dexters. I am proud of the wonderful things students from Dexterity network are doing today around the world," Sagar told News18.
Sharad founded Dexterity Global in 2008 at the age of 16, the same year when President Obama assumed office. 'He has had great influence on me as a leader. It’s a great honor for me to be invited for this special gathering at the White House and meet the world’s most powerful leader personally. Through his inspirational leadership, President Obama has impacted an entire generation and I thank President Obama and the White House for seeing great value in the work that we’re doing at Dexterity. Thank you!," said Sagar to News18.
On being asked what he intends to talk about at the special gathering he said, "President Obama talks about hope, optimism and change. And at the White House, I want to share with him the hope that I have in the generation that we are building collectively, the change that's taking place in some of the world's most challenging demographics, and the optimism that I carry each day seeing leaders of tomorrow today. I want to share with him inspirational stories of young students who would go on to change the world."
Dexterity Global impacts over 1.2 million children annually in India and other parts of South Asia. Through its ecosystem of educational platforms that include - DexConnect, DexChallenge, DexSchool and Dex2College - Dexterity is connecting students with information and opportunities, building their skill sets, equipping them with leadership and entrepreneurial skills and making college transitions possible.
As far as sustenance is concerned, Dexterity is a self-sufficient organisation and hasn't raised a penny through donation ever since it was founded. It functions on the principle of providing opportunity for each child, whether or not that child is able to pay the nominal tuition fees that Dexterity charges under some of its platforms.
"If the child is able to pay, they pay, and even if they don't we create and provide them with equal opportunities that students who pay the fees get," Swaraj Priyadarshi, Chief of Staff to the CEO at Dexterity Global told News18.