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RECENT NEWS !!!
Yacoobi awarded The Economic Opportunity Achievement Award from Opportunity Collaborative.
"This is an international award presented to an individual or institution that has consistently demonstrated a commitment to collaboration, knowledge and resource sharing, and active cooperation in the service of ending poverty.The Collaboration honors exceptional champions who freely share a big idea, an innovation or a groundbreaking model with others in order to further economic opportunity. Award recipients are individuals who, through a lifetime of accomplishment, leverage their roles, responsibilities and resources to create coalitions, nurture creative competition and craft new solutions for poverty alleviation. "
Yacoobi also honored as one of one hundred to receive TIAW World of Difference 100 Awards 2012 from The International Alliance for Women. http://www.tiaw.org/global_forum_2012/AWARDS.pdf
Sakena Yacoobi honored with the World Children's Prize Honorary Award presented in Sweden at Gripsholm Castle on May 23, 2012 by HRM Queen Silvia of Sweden.
“This prize breaks the isolation of the children of Afghanistan and connects them to other children in the world. Many people only know that Afghanistan has war, not that there are children living their lives and getting education for making a change.” says Sakena Yacoobi.
Sakena was thrilled to be 1 of 3 nominees for the prize. Congratulations to winner Anna Mollel, of Tanzania, for her more than 20-year struggle for Maasai children with disabilities.
The World’s Children’s Prize contributes toward a more humane world in support of the rights of the child; it is the world’s largest annual educational program teaching young people about the rights of the child, democracy, the environment, and global friendship.
More than 57,450 schools with 27 million students in 102 countries have registered as Global Friend schools of the World’s Children’s Prize. The program empowers children to demand respect for their rights while inspiring them to have faith in a better future. It also provides children with a platform to voice their concerns. In the annual Global Vote, participating children select who will receive their prestigious prize, the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child, which recognizes exceptional efforts to protect the rights of the child. The annual Global Vote has attracted as many as 7.1 million voting children in a given year. The two candidates that do not receive the World’s Children’s Prize for the Rights of the Child are awarded the World’s Children’s Honorary Award in recognition of their hard work.
from The Asia Foundation announcement
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning, received a Lotus Leadership Award for her critical contributions to the education and health of Afghan women and children. Professor Yacoobi is a world-renowned teacher, leader, and advocate: She launched the first learning centers inside refugee camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan; risked her life to run illegal home schools for girls during the Taliban reign; pioneered student-centered learning and teacher training in Afghanistan; and created first-of-their-kind specialized health clinics for women, enabling many women and their families to see a doctor for the first time ever.
In addition to the award, The Asia Foundation and National Geographic Society presented Dr. Yacoobi and the Afghan Institute of Learning with a $20,000 unrestricted gift to be used to address the organization’s most urgent programmatic needs. To make this grant possible, the National Geographic Society generously matched funds raised by The Lotus Circle.
“Dr. Yacoobi is a trailblazer and a great role model for girls and women everywhere,” said Carol Yost, director of the Women’s Empowerment Program at The Asia Foundation.
“Her belief—that if you can empower one woman, you empower her family and her community—is the basic premise of The Asia Foundation’s Women’s Empowerment Program. The members of the Lotus Circle, which is hosting its annual awards event in New York today, make it possible for us to reach girls and women across Asia to ‘Tell Her She Can.’”
the asia foundation video is accessed from this link
Bader Media video
February 2012 Dr. Yacoobi honored with the German Media Award
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), was recognized for her leadership and humanitarianism with the German Media Prize in February. The annual event seeks to honor outstanding personalities for exceptional performance, leadership, and visionary qualities. This year, the prize chose to focus on “quiet peacemakers,” those visionaries whose media profile lacks the scale of their impact. Former winners include Nelson Mandela, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Kofi Annan, the Dalai Lama, and Angela Merkel.
From 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.”
Link to German Media Award ceremony and words (in English) from Dr. Yacoobi
April 2011 brought the honor of being awarded the National Peace Award by Afghan President Hamid Karzai.
March 2011 Yacoobi is inducted into Enterprising Women Hall of Fame
November 2010 Yacoobi receives Global Heroes Award from University of the Pacific. The Global Heroes Award is the highest honor the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship at the University of the Pacific can bestow upon an individual. This program aims to recognize the "heroes" of social entrepreneurship or philanthropy who work tirelessly to combat inequality, injustice and poverty around the world. Global Heroes address large scale problems with ingenious solutions that are replicable, and sustainable.
September 2010 Yacoobi is named Social Entrepreneur in Asia by Schwab Foundation "Social entrepreneurs emphasize long-term sustainability instead of short-term gain. Their primary focus is to maximize benefits for society and the environment through innovative and effective business models. Their approach to entrepreneurship is one of sustainable economic growth across sectors and industries, from renewable energy and education to waste management, health and rural development
June 2010 Yacoobi receives the Jonathan Mann Award
June 2010 Yacoobi receives Honorary Doctorate from Santa Clara University
March 2009 The Henry R. Kravis Prize in Leadership is to be awarded to Dr. Sakena Yacoobi
February 2009 Americans for UNFPA Advocates Award given to Sakena Yacoobi
December 2008 Shining World Compassion Award is given to Sakena Yacoobi. The award was presented to her for her "courageous, noble and gracious humanitarianism and peace-loving efforts to improve our world." The award is given "to show gratitude and to magnify a shining example of goodness for others to follow...."
June 2008 Sakena Yacoobi awarded Honorary Doctorate by Loma Linda University.
December 2007 Gleitsman International Activist Award recipient for 2007 is Dr. Sakena Yacoobi as announced by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.
October 2007 Sakena Yacoobi received a National Role Model Award from the Eighth National Role Model Conference administered by Minority Access, Inc. The conference sited Yacoobi as one who "selflessly motivates and inspires others".
May 2007 Sakena Yacoobi awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of the Pacific
2006 Sakena Yacoobi elected Ashoka Fellow
2006 Yacoobi is a Skoll Social Entrepreneur
July 2005 Sakena Yacoobi among 1000 women nominated for Nobel Prize
July 2005 Sakena Yacoobi honored with Democracy Award