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Announcement: Renewed call for 2016 nominations

In 2015, global displacement hit an all-time high. Who was your hero?

Following a review of candidates nominated before 8th February, the Nansen Refugee Award Selection Committee have renewed a call for nominations.

The nominations process will now run for three weeks: from Tuesday 5 April until close of business Monday 25 April.

If you submitted a nomination before 8 February, your nomination is still among the considered candidates and there is no need to re-send another nomination.

To submit a nomination: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VC8C5HT

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Aqeela Asifi
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The 2015 winner

Aqeela Asifi is an Afghan refugee living in Pakistan whose tireless efforts to help girl refugees access education have made her a true symbol of triumph over adversity. As well as offering displaced girls a pathway out of poverty, the school that Asifi created in Kot Chandana refugee village also gives pupils the opportunity to build a new future when they return to Afghanistan. "When you have educated mothers, you will almost certainly have educated future generations," Asifi says. "So if you educate girls, you educate generations."

Aqeela Asifi: 2015 Nansen Refugee Award winner

Breaking the Cycle: Education and the Future for Afghan Refugees

Report: "Breaking the Cycle: Education and the Future for Afghan Refugees"

A report commissioned by the Norwegian Refugee Council with support from UNHCR. (PDF format, 1.18 Mb)

Executive Summary: Conflict is one of the most powerful determinants of whether a child is out of school. Half of the world’s out of school children are in conflict zones. That’s a staggering 29 million young minds out of the classroom. Statistics show that when conflict disrupts a child’s education they are less likely to resume. The tragic irony is that those countries whose children are out of school are the very ones that are in the greatest need of educated citizens to help them rebuild. Afghanistan is a prime example of such a nation.