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WISE prize for education goes to Bangladeshi Sir Fazle Hasan Abed

NEW YORK, 16 November 2011 - UNICEF congratulates Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, founder and chairman of BRAC (formerly known as Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee), on receiving the first WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) prize for his 40-year career dedicated to alleviating poverty through education.

Sir Abed received an award of $500,000 and a specially designed gold medal bearing the word “education” in over 50 languages. In his citation of the award, WISE Chairman H.E. Abdulla bin Ali-Thani  highlighted the achievement of Abed’s vision, that of “millions of people around the world leading healthier, happier and more productive lives.”

Abed founded BRAC in 1972 and over the next four decades has built one of the world’s largest and most efficient NGO’s with 120,000 workers dedicated to learning and teaching activities which now reach almost 140 million people in 10 Asian, African and Central American countries.

Under Abed’s leadership, BRAC has grown to become the largest provider of private, secular education in the world, contributing to the pre-primary, primary and secondary education of millions of students.

UNICEF works in 190 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. The world’s largest provider of vaccines for developing countries, UNICEF supports child health and nutrition, good water and sanitation, quality basic education for all boys and girls, and the protection of children from violence, exploitation, and AIDS. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. For more information about UNICEF and its work visit: www.unicef.org

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