UNESCO is calling for applications and nominations for its two prestigious International Literacy Prizes for the 2017 edition.
- 31st May 2017 for applications
- 14th June 2017 for nominations
Offered Annually? Yes
Eligible Countries: All
To be taken at (country): Paris, France
About the Award: This year’s theme is ‘literacy in a digital world’, which will also set the focus for International Literacy Day, celebrated on 8 September. 470 projects and programmes in the field of literacy have already been recognized and rewarded since 1967 for their excellence and innovation, undertaken by Governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world.
Through the Prizes, UNESCO seeks to support effective literacy practices and encourages the promotion of dynamic literate societies.
Currently there are two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes:
The first Prize is the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea, which awards two candidates with special attention to the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training.
The second Prize is the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy. It is supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China and awards three candidates, giving special consideration to literacy projects for adults, learners in rural areas, and out-of-school youth, particularly girls and women.
Eligibility: Candidates should take into account this year’s theme – literacy in a digital world – and also consider the special focus of each Prize.
- Institutions, organizations and individuals promoting literacy through effective and innovative projects or programmes.
- Eligible programmes or projects who have a proven record of innovative work in the field of literacy for at least three years.
- Programmes/projects that have not been awarded the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes in the past five years.
Number of Awards: 5
Value of Program: Each of the five prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and US$20.000.
Duration of Program:
- June 2017: International Jury Meeting
- August 2017: Announcement of the Prize Winners
- September 2017: Award Ceremony
The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are awarded in an official ceremony on the occasion of the International Literacy Day (8 September).
How to Apply:
Applications should be submitted to the Director-General of UNESCO through appropriate governments of Member States and non-governmental organizations in official partnership with UNESCO.
Each government or non-governmental organization can nominate up to three applications for the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, and up to two applications for the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize.
Award Provider: UNESCO