[AI] Magsaysay Award for Noman Khan's work in Bangladesh

pradeep banakar pradeepsocialwork at gmail.com
Thu Aug 5 07:32:43 EDT 2010

A.H.M. Noman Khan who helped organise the Center that tackles the
disability issue via community capacity has been selected for the
award this year.


Seven to receive 2010 Magsaysay Awards

SEVEN INDIVIDUALS -- three from China, a couple from the Philippines
and the others from Bangladesh and Japan -- were yesterday named the
recipients of this year’s Ramon Magsaysay Awards.

"The Magsaysay awardees of 2010," Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation
(RMAF) President Carmencita T. Abella said in a statement, "are seven
remarkable individuals deeply engaged in reinventing the future for a
better Asia, tapping into and strengthening the power of community. "

"Working on critical issues that impact not only their respective
countries, but indeed, all of Asia, they are showing how commitment,
competence, and collaborative leadership can truly transform
individual lives and galvanize community action."

The awardees are:

Tadatoshi Akiba, a three-term mayor of Hiroshima who spearheaded the
"Mayors for Peace" movement, launched in 1982, which seeks to mobilize
the world’s mayors to mobilize citizens in an advocacy for world
peace. The movement now has 4,069 member cities from 144 countries

Christopher Bernido and Ma. Victoria Carpio-Bernido, from the
Philippines, whose work seeks to upgrade the state of education,
particularly that for science, in the country. Both with doctorates in
physics, they transformed a family-owned high school in Bohol by
developing a cost-effective teaching strategy and also set up a
project to address a nationwide shortage of physics teachers.

Huo Daishan, a photographer and former journalist from China who is
staging a crusade -- the RMAF citation points to his "selfless and
unrelenting efforts, despite formidable odds" -- to save the country’s
third largest river, the Huai, and the millions of people living along
its banks.

A.H.M. Noman Khan from Bangladesh who helped organize the Center for
Disability in Development that tackles the disability issue via
community capacity strengthening and "mainstreaming" -- making the
matter an integral part of development work.

Pan Yue and Fu Qiping, public servants coming from either end of the
bureaucracy -- Mr. Pan is a vice-minister, Mr. Fu a village chief --
who are being recognized for their environmental work.
Mr. Pan is being cited for initiatives such as "environmental
protection storms" that led to the closures of polluting projects,
while Mr. Fu is credited with transforming the village of Tengtou into
one of China’s most prosperous.

The Ramon Magsaysay Awards, established in 1957 in memory of the third
Philippine president who died in a plane crash that year, are given
annually to individuals or organizations in Asia said to "manifest the
same sense of selfless service that ruled the life of the late and
beloved Filipino leader."

This year’s winners -- who will receive their awards on Aug. 31 --
will join 277 other laureates who to date have received Asia’s highest
honor, often described as the region’s equivalent of the Nobel.

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