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BRAC founder to get knighthood
The founder and chairperson of the my colleagues in BRAC, who
BRAC centre in Dhaka, Fazle Hasan are at the forefront of the
Abed, is to be knighted by Her Majesty struggle to eradicate poverty
Queen Elizabeth II for services in tack- in Bangladesh and abroad
ling poverty and empowering the poor and I share this honour with
in Bangladesh and worldwide. Abed’s them.”
name was included in the Queen’s
New Year’s Honours List and he is to Abed is the second person
be appointed Knight Commander of in his family to be honoured
the Most Distinguished Order of St. with a knighthood. His grand
Michael and St. George (KCMG). uncle, Justice Nawab Sir Syed
Shamsul Huda, was knighted
Abed is the first person of Bangladesh by the British Crown in 1913.
origin to be honoured with a knight-
hood by the British Crown since 1947. BRAC now operates in
He will receive his knighthood for his more than 69,000 villages
work spanning four decades in educa- in Bangladesh and touches
tion, health, human rights and social an estimated 110 million
development and for bringing financial people through its devel-
services to the doorstep of millions of opment interventions, that
the poor in an effort to eradicate pov- range from primary educa-
interventions to Afghanistan. Since
erty in Bangladesh and countries in tion, essential healthcare, agricultural
then, BRAC has expanded to a total of
Asia and Africa. support and human rights and legal
eight countries across Asia and Africa,
services to microfinance and enter-
successfully adapting its unique inte-
On receiving news of his knighthood prise development.
grated development model across
Abed said, “I am humbled by the In 2002, BRAC went international
varying geographic and socioeconomic
honour to be conferred on me. I thank by taking its range of development
First Minister presents ESOL awards
The First Minister of Wales, Carwyn is important to the com-
Jones, congratulated 17 adult learners munity, to demonstrate
and presented them with their English knowledge of life in the
for Speakers of Other Languages United Kingdom, as well as
(ESOL ) certificate of achievement fol- improving speaking, listen-
lowing courses provided by the char- ing and writing skills for
ity, NAID. NAID says the ESOL course everyday life. Students can
attend classes
all over South
Carwyn Jones
said, “Poor
c o m m u n i c a -
tions can be
one of the big-
gest barriers integration and active citizenship.” He
for new arrivals to our also pointed out that it was important
country. Competency that Wales gives migrants the oppor-
in English, or Welsh, is tunity to develop skills to contribute
known to help secure fully to society.
employment, improve the
quality of daily life and con-
tribute to social inclusion,
Spice Business Magazine 12 February | March 2010
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