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Sonia Chang-Diaz Presented with World Education Award

October 12, 2018

BOSTON, October 12, 2018: World Education, Inc. is pleased to announce that the 2018 recipient of the annual World Education Award is Massachusetts State Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, for her commitment to education and social justice.


Prior to entering politics, Ms. Chang-Díaz was a teacher in the Lynn and Boston Public Schools systems. Today she represents the 2nd Suffolk District in the Massachusetts Senate. She is the first Latina elected to the Massachusetts Senate. She is widely recognized as a strong advocate for public education, criminal justice reform, as well as access and opportunities for low-income and immigrant communities.


“In addition to her commitment to K-12 education, Sonia Chang-Díaz has long been a supporter of adult basic education,” commented Silja Kallenbach, vice president of World Education’s US Literacy programs. “I am thrilled that World Education is presenting the award to someone who’s shown a life-long interest in social justice in this country.”


The award was presented to Senator Chang-Díaz at World Education’s annual gala, held at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center on October 11, 2018.


The World Education Award was established in 2008 to honor and recognize people who have dedicated their lives to the issues near and dear to World Education—literacy and other social development activities that help improve the lives of vulnerable people, with a particular focus on girls and women’s education.


World Education, which this year celebrates its 66th anniversary, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education and economic and social development programs. World Education contributes to individual growth, strengthens the capacity of local partner institutions, and catalyzes community and national development. In the United States, World Education is focused on strengthening the impact of adult education. Around the globe, World Education is working in 20 countries implementing activities that strengthen literacy as well as microenterprise development, and integrated literacy and health programs, including HIV education, prevention, and care.