Foundation in Denmark honors activist Matiullah Wesa with award

COPENHAGEN, Denmark — The Daanish Afghan Foundation in Denmark, along with several Afghan citizens living in the country, at a ceremony on Sunday awarded the “Action Award” and a cash prize to Matiullah Wesa for his efforts to promote education in Afghanistan.

The foundation said that Amnesty International also presented a certificate of appreciation to Wesa during the same ceremony.

Richard Bennett, the United Nations Special Rapporteur for Afghanistan, attended the event and commended Wesa’s contributions to education.

Matiullah Wesa, the founder of Pen Path, was released from Taliban custody on October 26 last year, after being imprisoned for 215 days.

Wesa is a prominent education activist who has worked extensively to reopen schools for girls above the sixth grade.