Dr de Rebello receiving her award

French Government Awards Woodstock Board Member, Dr Daphne De Rebello

Dr Daphne De Rebello, the former chair of the education committee, and current vice president-designate of the Woodstock Board, was recognised as an Officier des Palmes Acadamiques (Officer of the Order of Academic Palms), by the French Government on April 7, 2012, at a ceremony in her home town of Hyderabad.

The Order of Academic Palms is an Order of Chivalry of France for those in the spheres of academia, culture and education. The order was founded by Emperor Napoléon to honor eminent members of the University of Paris. It is among the world's oldest orders of chivalry. Originally, the Palmes académiques was only given to teachers or professors. In 1866, the scope of the award was widened to include major contributions to French national education and culture.

Dr De Rebello was presented with this honour by Mr Dominique Causse, the Consul General of France in Bangalore, in the presence of His Excellenecy Shri Ekkadu Srinivasan Lakshminarasimhan, the Governor of Andra Pradesh. Dr De Rebello, who also serves as the President of the Alliance Française of Hyderabad, has had a long career in education with the Government of India, where she held policy-making posts including joint secretary, of the department of education. Following her retirement in 1993, she worked with UNESCO for ten years. She also has been a senior consultant in education for the Administrative Staff College of India, Hyderabad (ASCI), and consults with UNESCO and UNFPA. In 2002 she was recognised as one of the 100 distinguished women from or working in Andhra Pradesh who have contributed significantly to the development of the state and the cause of women. Dr De Rebello holds a PhD from Stanford University in International Comparative Education and has been a member of the Woodstock board since 2008.

The entire Woodstock community would like to congratulate Dr De Rebello on this incredible national honour, and also for reminding us all that the palms of victory come from the dust of toil.

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