Addis Ababa, July 16, 2002 (WIC)- The Tigrai Women's Association (T.W.A) has won an
award from the African Women Educationalists Association in recognition of its outstanding
role in to the advancement of education among the women in Tigrai.
The Award of Honour, carrying a prize money of 6,000 USD and named after the late Rwandan
Prime Minister, Agather Uwlingiyimana, killed in 1994, during the Rwandan genocide, was
bestowed upon the Tigrai Women Association for having excelled its counterparts in Africa in
raising womens school enrollment and its contribution to the overall improvement in the
educational quality and coverage in the past six years.
W/o Aster Amare, Secretary of the T.W.A told reporters today that the award presentation
ceremony conducted at the end of the a three-day (July 8-10) Conference of the African
Women Educationalists Association, in Nairobi, Kenya, was attended by African Ministers of
Education and senior government officials.
According to W/o Aster, the T.W.A has in the past six years offered tutorial support and
financial assistance to over 206,000 girl students and emancipated over 3000 mothers from
the scourge of illiteracy.
The Association, enjoying a membership of over half a million women has contributed to
raising educational coverage for women from 39 to 49 .9 per cent, she said.