Award brief: The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education aims to contribute to equity in education, a key pillar of the Education 2030 agenda, and the guiding principle of Sustainable Development Goal 4. The new agenda recognizes how ICT can be harnessed to assure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030.
Since 2006, the prize rewards projects and activities of individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations for excellent models, best practices and creative use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to enhance learning, teaching and improve educational outcomes.
Each year, two prize-winners are selected by the Director-General of UNESCO on the basis of recommendations made by an international jury of five independent and recognized experts in the area of ICT in Education from each region. The prize is awarded at a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris where the winners receive 25,000 USD each and a certificate of recognition signed by the Director-General and the Chairperson of the International Jury of independent experts.
National Commissions of the Member States of UNESCO and International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) maintaining official relations with UNESCO are invited to solicit, nominate and submit candidatures for the Prize.
The objectives of the prize are consonant with UNESCO’s goals and policies in advancing the understanding of the major contribution that ICTs make towards:
● Improving the quality of learning, teaching and overall educational performance in view of achieving Education 2030 agenda and the Sustainable Developments Goals (SDGs)
● Building inclusive, participatory and sustainable knowledge societies, with due regard to local content development and the preservation of cultural and linguistic diversity
● Diminishing the negative impact of globalization, such as the growing digital divide
These objectives conform with UNESCO’s policies, which aim to:
● Improve the quality of education through the diversification of content and methods and the promotion of universally-shared values
● Enable experimentation, innovation and the diffusion and sharing of information and best practices, as well as policy dialogue in education
● Ensure the contribution of ICTs to the development of education, science and culture, and the construction of a knowledge society
Theme of 2017: The use of ICTs to increase access to quality education
Donor Name: UNESCO
Award name: UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education
Deadline: 20th, October, 2017
Award details link: http://www.unesco.org/new/en/unesco/themes/icts/ict-in-education-prize/
Award limit: It consists of an award of USD50,000 to be shared equally between two laureates and is awarded to individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations on the condition that the candidates have made a significant contribution to the creative use of ICTs in enhancing learning, teaching and overall educational performance.
Special Notes: Please contact with the donor directly for further clarification and understanding.
Project start date: N/A
Project duration: N/A
Eligible organization: As below
● Individuals or institutions that have made outstanding innovation and significant contributions through projects to support and/ or promote the creative use of ICTs to increase access to quality education.
Eligible Country: Member States of UNESCO
Submission mail: N/A
Other important link:
● Guideline: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0025/002514/251464E.pdf
Old user: www.unesco.org/ict-ed-prize
New user: www.unesco.org/ict-ed-prize/register
How to apply:
● Governments of the Member States of UNESCO or an international non-governmental organization, maintaining formal consultative relations with UNESCO and active in the relevant fields covered by the Prize. Each government or international non-governmental organization is entitled to nominate 3 candidates per year.
● Applications should be sent through their Permanent Delegation to UNESCO (in collaboration with your National Commission) or your NGO in official partnership with UNESCO. The online application form, which must be completed and returned before the submission deadline, can be found via the following links:
For Permanent Delegations, National Commissions and NGOs in official partnership with UNESCO with a UNESCO user account: www.unesco.org/ict-ed-prize
For new users: www.unesco.org/ict-ed-prize/register
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