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Afghan refugee teacher Aqeela Asifi, who has dedicated her life to bringing education to refugee girls in Pakistan, has won the 2015 UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award.


Established in 1954, the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award honours individuals, groups and organisations who go above and beyond the call of duty to protect refugees, displaced and stateless people.


In October 2015 "POURQUOIPAS Virtuosi", the chamber orchestra of the association, performed Dvorak and Holst Serenade, and accompanied Angelique Kidjo, Barbara Hendricks and the artist on sand Cassimo, during the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony at Geneva.


“If you educate girls, you educate generations.”
“I wish for the day where people will remember Afghanistan, not for war, but for its standard of education.”

Aqeela Asifi



Behind the scene:


​Read more about Aqeela Asifi and the UNHCR Nansen Refugee Award: https://www.unhcr.org/news/stories/2015/9/56ec1eae10/an-education-multiplied.html


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