Last week, People's Postcode Lottery Country Director Annemiek Hoogenboom was awarded an honorary doctorate degree in Arts at Ahfad University for Women in Sudan.

The award recognises the imperative role Annemiek played in the launch of Gender Studies at the University. She also helped to set up the School of Extension, Education and Development in 1986.

The announcement comes as People's Postcode Lottery, along with sister lotteries in Holland and Sweden, focus on championing girls' education and the importance of learning access for children worldwide. Players of People's Postcode Lottery have awarded £525,000 to Theirworld, a charity focused on providing schooling for children across Africa.

Players of People's Postcode Lottery also support a number of projects and initiatives which seek to impact and develop women and girls' lives, through charities such as British Red Cross, War Child, Girlguiding and The Clinton Foundation.

Prior to leading the team at People's Postcode Lottery, Annemiek played a key role in establishing the Institute of Regional Gender, Peace and Diversity at Ahfad University for Women, where she worked from 1985 to 1988. Ahfad University for Women is the oldest and largest private university in Sudan and the only women's University in Africa.

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