Albert Schweitzer Medal awarded to Armene Modi for her academic excellence and extensive service in education and literacy.

The presentation was made last Saturday, April 18 at the World Literacy Summit 2020 – Online Experience.


aremene-modi-awarded“In the firm belief that issues of poverty and illiteracy are not the problems of just the poor and marginalized alone, but universal issues that concern us all”

– Armene Modi, 2020 Albert Schweitzer Medalist


“We face a global literacy crisis with 91% of children in the world not attending school right now”

– Andrew Kay, World Literacy Foundation CEO



The World Literacy Foundation recognized Armene Modi with the Albert Schweitzer Award, which celebrates both academic excellence and extensive service to the community in the field of education and literacy in India.


The award is named after Albert Schweitzer, theologian, organist, writer, humanitarian, philosopher and physician. The Albert Schweitzer Medal is an honour award presented to an individual who has made exemplary contributions to humanity.


Armene Modi is the founder of Ashta No Kai, a non-profit organization that aims to educate and empower rural women and girls in 10 villages in Pune District, India. Since 1998, Armene’s exceptional efforts towards empowering rural women in India have helped to improve the educational outcomes of hundreds of adolescent girls over the years.


Today, 770 million people cannot read a single word, while another 2 billion people struggle to read a full sentence. Illiteracy is a global crisis, and the World Literacy Foundation aims to educate people on the benefit of acquiring even basic literacy skills. The cycle begins with a child struggling to read, professing into an adult who struggles with literacy and as a result becomes a victim of issues relating to unemployment, welfare, crime, and wellbeing.


Andrew Kay, CEO of the World Literacy Foundation, explains that this award aims to celebrate the valuable contribution of Armene Modi to education in India over the past 22 years. In 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic, it is estimated that 1.5 billion young people are not currently attending school, many of which do not have access to online learning. As a result, it is likely that education enrolments are likely going to fall in the coming months and many will be faced with unfortunate circumstances.


Further details about Armene Modi & Ashta No Kai, please visit: http://www.ashtanokai.org/


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Sarah Morstad
World Literacy Summit