Yidan Prize for Education Development awarded to CAMFED
Today the Yidan Prize Foundation, a global philanthropic educational foundation inspiring future progress and change in education, named Angeline Murimirwa, CAMFED’s Executive Director – Africa, and Lucy Lake, CAMFED’s Chief Executive Officer, as 2020 laureates of the Yidan Prize for Education Development, the world’s largest prize in education.
Our Co-executives accepted the award on behalf of CAMFED, as the first team to be granted the Yidan Prize since its inception in 2017. The Prize represents a profound endorsement of CAMFED’s community-led model for girls’ education, and comes at a critical time as CAMFED and its partners tackle the impact of the current crisis, which has left millions of girls vulnerable.
Celebrating Excellence in Education
The Yidan Prize is an inclusive education award that recognizes individuals, or up to three-member teams, who have contributed significantly to education research and development. This year’s laureates, including Professor Carl Wieman, who was awarded the Yidan Prize for Education Research today, will be recognized at the Yidan Prize Annual Summit held virtually on 7 December. They were chosen by the Yidan Prize Judging Committee in a five-month judging process, from an extensive field of nominations covering 103 countries.
The award particularly recognizes the contribution to equitable quality education delivered through CAMFED’s innovative Learner Guide program, which sees young women leaders in the CAMFED Association, who themselves were supported in their education by CAMFED, at the forefront of designing and delivering programs in support of more girls in their communities, in partnership with government ministries.
The program provides a scalable, replicable and inclusive approach to girls’ and young women’s education in sub-Saharan Africa, tackling high levels of exclusion and drop-out from school, lack of relatable role models, and youth unemployment.
Through the Learner Guide program, marginalized girls receive the material and social support to learn and thrive, while young women gain the skills, opportunities and confidence to transition from secondary school to fulfilling, independent livelihoods and leadership.
Through CAMFED’s Learner Guide program, those who best understand the barriers to girls’ education step up to support their younger peers in school, and beyond the classroom.
CAMFED will use the prize money to scale up the Learner Guide program, contributing to the training of 20,000 Learner Guides, who will in turn support one million adolescent girls in school — a major step towards our goal of supporting five million girls.
Our sincerest thanks go to the Yidan Prize Foundation, and to its founder, Dr. Charles CHEN Yidan, for this extraordinary recognition, and to the young women leaders in our CAMFED Association, our partner communities, donors, supporters and champions across the globe – Together We Can!
A word from The Hon Julia Gillard AO, 27th Prime Minister of Australia and patron of CAMFED
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