Thursday, 15 January 2009
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder and director of the Afghan Learning Institute, has been announced as the recipient of the 2009 Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership for her outstanding record in providing an estimated 3650,000 women and children with access to education and healthcare every year.
She will receive the prize at ceremonies to be held in New York City on 31 March.
Each year, the Kravis Prize recognises extraordinary leadership in the non-profit sector.
Dr Yacoobi has spent almost 30 years providing education, training and healthcare services to women and children in Afghanistan and Pakistan. She has contributed immensely to focusing attention on the issue of girls’ education in Afghanistan.
Dr Yacoobi founded the Afghan Learning Institute in 1995. The organisation established learning centres in refugee camps to provide educational opportunities for women and children. It currently operates 41 women’s learning centres, five health centres and three mobile health clinics. Seventy percent of its 450 staff members are women.
Established in 2006, the Kravis Prize, which carries a $250,000 award, celebrates the achievement, vision and leadership of an outstanding individual or organisation.
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