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Nov 27

Information and Communication Technology
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Half the Sky
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Aug 17

10.11.12 International Day of the Girl
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August 3

DFID Girls’ Education Challenge
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Dr. Sakena Yacoobi Wins German Media Prize

We were delighted to have Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, the founder of The Afghan Institute of Learning, with us at the AUDACIA conference. In late February, the German Media Prize will recognize Yacoobi’s outstanding leadership. For the 20th anniversary of the prize, the focus is on “quiet peacemakers,” those social innovators who act outside of the mainstream media spot light.

According to the German Media Prize announcement, “The prevention of war and terror is the dedicated life of Dr. Sakena Yacoobi. Her tools are education and knowledge. Founded by Dr. Yacoobi, The Afghan Institute of Learning works with thousands of war-torn people, especially disadvantaged girls and women, who are given a new perspective on life. In the midst of terror and war, Dr. Yacoobi has established numerous places in Afghanistan where people are provided with a formal education and support where they can get help against oppression and hatred. The tireless efforts of Dr. Yacoobi, to many people, have become a ray of light on the horizon of a future Afghanistan.”

Former winners include Nelson Mandela, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Kofi Annan, the Dalai Lama, and Angela Merkel.