A senior Ugandan diplomat today extolled the virtue of educating the girl child and said a nation will be ruined if girls were not educated.
"If girls are educated and exposed to the world, they can handle any hard situation they will come across," High Commissioner of the Republic of Uganda in India, Elizabeth Paula Napeyok, said.
She was speaking at the seventh Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Awards ceremony held at the India International Centre here.
"Whole nation will be ruined if girls are not educated. With education, girls will not only lead a better life for themselves, but for the whole family and the nation. Empowering them is empowering the nation," she said.
Talking about former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, former Union minister Kumari Selja said, "He was a strong voice. He fought against all sorts of discrimination in the society like caste, gender and even colour. He was way ahead of his time."
National Secretary of AICC Major Dalbir Singh said, "The technology we enjoy today is only because of Rajiv Gandhi's vision."
The social reformer award was won by artist Nishi Singh whereas SUIT received the prize for the best NGO in rural area. The best award for tourism was bagged by Kerala.
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