Sakena Yacoobi is the founder and Executive Director of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL) an Afghan women-led NGO founded in 1995., well known for her work for the rights of children, women and education. She has earned international recognition for her work and received numerous awards including the Opus Prize, WISE Prize in Education, Sunhak Peace Prize and the Sri Sathya Sai Award for Human Excellence in Education as well as 6 honorary degrees including from Princeton University. AIL was the first organization to offer human rights and leadership training to Afghan women. and when the Taliban closed girls' schools AIL supported 80 underground home schools for 3,000 girls Since 1996, 16 million Afghans have benefited from AIL’s education, training and health programs. The Sakena Yacoobi Hospital has been built in Herat . Sakena supports four private high schools and a radio station has been established to disseminate information about the importance of education, values, and harmony.