BRAC founder Abed wins top edn award
BRAC founder and Chair Emeritus Sir Fazle Hasan Abed has won the prestigious Yidan Prize, the largest international prize in education, for his groundbreaking work on education development.
The Yidan Prize Foundation made the announcement in a statement on Sep 19, 2019.
As a Yidan Prize Laureate, Abed will receive a gold medal during the award presentation ceremony in December in Hong Kong and HKD 30 million (around $3.9 million or Tk 33 crore), half of which is a cash prize and the other half a project fund, according to the statement.
From the beginning of his foray into development work, Sir Fazle viewed education as a crucial catalyst for change. To date, more than 12 million children have graduated from BRAC's pre-primary and primary schools. BRAC offers holistic and joyful learning solutions with play-based early childhood development centres, primary and secondary schools, adolescent learning programmes, and also operates a University, it said.
"Knowledge attainment is an area that transcends racial, religious, economic and national boundaries, affecting everything from human health and the environment to well-being and personal fulfilment," said Dr Charles Chen Yidan, founder of Yidan Prize.