Donor Name: UNESCO the Rapid Response Facility and Fauna & Flora International
Funding name: UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2017
Funding brief: UNESCO is calling for applications and nominations for its two prestigious International Literacy Prizes for the 2017 edition. This year’s theme is ‘literacy in a digital world’, which will also set the focus for International Literacy Day, celebrated on 8 September. Through the Prizes, UNESCO seeks to support effective literacy practices and encourages the promotion of dynamic literate societies.
Categories: Currently there are two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes:
● The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (2 awards): Established in 1989, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea. It gives special consideration to the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training.
● 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 to literacy amongst adults in rural areas and out-of-school youth, particularly girls and women.
Each of the five prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and US$20.000.
The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are awarded in an official ceremony on the occasion of the International Literacy Day (8 September).
● 31 May 2017 for applications
● 14 June 2017 for nominations
● 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.
● Each of the five prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma, and US$20.000 for their project or programme. The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are awarded at an official ceremony at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris on the International Literacy Day.
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Eligible organization: As below
● 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.
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Other important link:
● Guideline: https://en.unesco.org/themes/literacy/prizes/guidelines
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.
● The first stage is for an applicant to fill in and submit an application form through either a National Commission for UNESCO or an International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) maintaining official relations with UNESCO.
● The second stage is for the concerned National Commission or international NGO to review and nominate the successful candidatures to the Secretariat of the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes.
● Interested applicant may apply through the website as per the guideline (https://en.unesco.org/themes/literacy/prizes/guidelines).
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