The 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize commemorative book
‘Sakena Yacoobi: The Mother of Refugee Education’ has been published.
Pick up a copy and learn more about the Mother of Refugee Education, who dedicated her entire life for Afghan refugees, and proposed a fundamental solution to refugee resettlement.
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, an Afghan national who had studied in the United States, returned home and devoted her life to helping refugees recover their dignity that had been lost in the wars, and helping them reconstruct their nation. Through her work, she has demonstrated that education provides a fundamental solution for not just Afghan refugees, but for refugees all over the world.
The Sunhak Peace Prize Committee awards those who have peacefully led humanity towards a common destiny, and selected Italian surgeon Dr. Gino Strada and Afghan educator Dr. Sakena Yacoobi, as co-recipients of the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize Award Ceremony, for their work to solve the refugee crisis.
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi established the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) in 1995, with the belief that only education could offer a brighter future for refugees, and has been lauded for providing education and vocational training to 14 million people for 22 years.
Chapter 1. From Peace into the Vortex of Tragedy
Peace in Afghanistan is now but a memory
A father’'s view on education
The treacherous refugee camps in Pakistan
Establishing the first refugee school with a Mullah
Chapter 2. Building Afghanistan's Future
Establishing the Afghan Institute of Learning
The underground schools
The Mobile Literacy Program
Meeting the needs of the communities
The teacher training programs
What about the boys?
Healthcare for mothers and children
Chapter 3. The Mother of Refugee Education
Education is the solution to the refugee crisis
Establishing an innovative model for refugee resettlement
Protecting women’'s rights
The Love and Forgiveness Conference
A legacy of peace for future generations
Help is needed from the entire world
Chapter 4. The Sunhak Peace Prize for Future Generations
The Sunhak Peace Prize award ceremony
World Summit speech
“Refugees are human being just like us, and have the same values that must be respected. Global efforts must be made to help them regain their confidence and reintegrate into society."
Refugee problems today are a concern for all of humanity. Violence of all sorts, including wars and terrorism, has utterly destroyed human life in many countries, causing millions of people to leave their homes. Even today, throughout the world, countless refugees are on the brink of death, struggling to survive in hunger and poverty. They are looking for new places to live, after being forced to leave their own homes and countries, suffering miserably in unfamiliar lands. As a result, the refugee problem has reached a point that the world can no longer ignore. In order to remind humanity that the world is still suffering due to misjudgement and conflicts of ideology, the Sunhak Peace Prize selected Dr. Sakena Yacoobi.
Dr. Sakena Yacoobi devoted her entire life to Afghanistan's refugee education, even under life-threatening circumstances, and proposed a fundamental solution to refugee resettlement by creating a holistic approach through which refugees could start their lives anew in their countries. She was also acknowledged for her contributions to improving Muslim women's rights and statuses, which had been defiled by men.
This book was published to make us reflect upon Dr. Sakena Yacoobi's accomplishments, and to honor her as a laureate of the 2017 Sunhak Peace Prize. We hope that readers of this book will find interest in the ongoing refugee crisis, and find inspiration to act towards the ideal of 'One Family under God'.