Application Deadline: June 20, 2022
UNESCO has just opened its call for applications for the prestigious UNESCO International Literacy Prizes. All champions in the field of literacy learning are encouraged to apply and nominating entities to be ready to engage and nominate their favourite candidates from around the world. Like every year, UNESCO will reward six individuals or organizations for their outstanding projects that promote literacy learning and for this year’s edition are requested to reflect around the theme ‘Transforming literacy learning spaces’.
The theme aims to present the different existing learning spaces (work, school, family, learning centers) and highlight the relation and various interconnections among them.
Since 1967, the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes have rewarded excellence and innovation in the field of literacy. Over 506 projects and programmes around the world have already received recognition and support for their excellent work.
- The application is open to all governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals who, through projects and programmes, contribute to the promotion and advancement of literacy learning.
- All applications should be submitted to the nominating entities, the National Commission for UNESCO in the country of the programme, or an NGO that is in an official partnership with UNESCO, who are encouraged to communicate the nominated individuals, institutions and organizations to UNESCO.
- The nominations will be assessed by an independent International Jury, composed of five experts on the basis of the selection criteria. Based on the recommendations of the International Jury, the Director-General of UNESCO will select the finalists to be awarded at the occasion of International Literacy Day on 8 September.
Currently there are two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes:
- The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (3 awards)
Established in 1989, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea. It gives special consideration to mother language-based literacy development.
– Read the statutes.
Each of the three UNESCO King Sejong prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and US$20.000.
- The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy (3 awards)
The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, established in 2005, with the support of the Government of the People’s Republic of China. It gives special consideration functional literacy, leveraging technological environments, in support of adults in rural areas and out-of-school youth.
– Read the statutes.
Each of the three UNESCO Confucius prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and US$30.000.
- Deadline for candidates to submit applications to nominating entities: 6 June 2022 (midnight, Paris time).
- Deadline for nominating entities to submit their nominations to UNESCO: 20 June 2022 (midnight, Paris time).
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