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The first ever Afghan laureate of the prestigious Diana Award – FE News


Mohammad Habib Abdullah, graduate student of the Higher School of Public Policy of Nazarbayev University (NU GSPP), is the first-ever Afghan laureate of the prestigious Diana Award for his work to combat illiteracy and poverty in Afghanistan.

As someone who grew up in Afghanistan, Mohammad witnessed how people are trapped in poverty due to illiteracy, how educational opportunities are unfairly distributed between men and women, and how illiteracy among Afghans has led to years of war and political instability.

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit Afghanistan, Mohammad established the Yuz Ighit Charitable Foundation to recruit and mobilize volunteers to raise awareness and distribute COVID-19 kits and daily necessities to the most affected families.

In addition, when the pandemic destroyed the education system in Afghanistan, Mohammad also created an online learning and networking platform called YOUTH FOR YOUTH and created a wider network of Afghan intellectuals to hold talks on various topics for Afghan youth.

Mohammad says

“I am very happy and proud to be the first ever Diana Award winner from Afghanistan. I received this award mainly for my initiatives at community, national and international levels. As a recipient of this prestigious award, I am now more inspired and motivated than ever to go above and beyond in my daily life to create and sustain positive change in the lives of others.”

The purpose of the Diana Award is to honor and celebrate the impact young people have on society and their work to improve the lives of others. The award was founded in honor of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, as a charitable legacy of her belief that young people have the power to change the world.

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