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The prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Awards for year 2014 were announced on 31 July 2014 and it included six winners. Education is a big theme in this year’s awards, with two individuals who have dedicated their lives to educating indigenous communities – a Filipino and an Indonesian – and a Pakistani organization that builds schools for girls, among the 6 awardees. Following is the list of these six winners.
1) Saur Marlina Manurung (Indonesia)
She was cited for “her ennobling passion to protect and improve the lives of Indonesia’s forest people” through jungle schools put up by her organization. An anthropologist by profession, she put up a “Jungle School” program for children of Indonesia’s Orang Rimba, or forest people.
2) Randy Halasan (The Philippines)
He was chosen for the award for serving the indigenous Matigsalug tribe. He put in huge efforts in teaching the children of the Matigsalug tribe in one of the remotest mountain villages in Mindanao.
3) Hu Shuli (China)
He is a Chinese investigative journalist whose work has led to the ouster of corrupt officials. He is the founder and former editor of ‘Caijing’ a business magazine famed for its groundbreaking investigative reporting that has had a profound impact on China.
4) Omara Khan Masoudi (Afghanistan)
Masoudi was awarded for his courage in protecting Afghan cultural heritage. At great risk to his life, the deputy director of the National Museum of Afghanistan in Kabul led his colleagues in moving some of the museum’s most precious objects to safety during the Taliban’s assault on his country’s cultural treasures in the 1990s.
5) The Citizen Foundation (Pakistan)
The Citizen Foundation, a non-profit organisation (NGO) in Pakistan founded by six business leaders, was recognized for building 1,000 schools over hundreds of cities and towns in the country with the world’s second highest number of children who are out of school.
6) Wang Canfa (China)
Wang Canfa founded the Center for Legal Assistance to Pollution Victims, which has offered free legal services to thousands of people and provided environmental law training to lawyers and others.
About Ramon Magsaysay Awards
Ramon Magsaysay Awards were established in 1957 and are named after popular Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay who died in a 1957 plane crash. These awards are often known as the ‘Nobel Prize of Asia’. An important feature of these annual prizes is that they are awarded only to personalities from Asia. Magsaysay Awards were first awarded in 1958.
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