Nigerian education and child rights campaigner, Philip Obaji has received the Champion of Education for Peace and Development Award.
Obaji was handed the award on Saturday at a ceremony hosted by New Era Educational and Charitable Support Foundation (NEEDCSI) and Universal Peace Federation in Jos, capital of Nigeria’s north-central Plateau State.
The award recognizes and celebrates the extraordinary work of organizations and individuals who are rolling up their sleeves and making outstanding contributions to the development of education, NEEDCSI said on its website.
“Philip Obaji is a symbol of what the world needs: more unity,” Dr. Emmanuel Ande Ivorgba, Executive Director, NEEDCSI, said at the ceremony.
“Through his work, he is sending an important positive message to the world about the importance of education for building peaceful and sustainable societies,” he added.
Obaji, 30, is known for his activism for rights to education for Children, especially in northeastern Nigeria, where the Islamist group, Boko Haram has attacked schools and education personnel.
Obaji has already been honoured with a host of awards, standing ovations and plaudits everywhere from Dakar to Washington D.C.
“The world has witnessed all sorts of violence on children, but there is no greater violence than to deny the dreams of our children,” he said during the ceremony.
“I refuse to accept that in an open world, the quest for freedom should be the responsibility of only those directly inflicted with pain, but the responsibility of everyone,” he added, to applause.