UNESCO International Literacy Prizes for Individuals or Organizations 2021 (up to US$50,000)

The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invites applications for the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes in 2021.

Like every year, UNESCO rewards six individuals or organizations for their outstanding projects that promote literacy learning. This year the projects and programmes are requested to reflect the theme ‘Inclusive distance and digital literacy learning’.

The theme highlights innovative practices that literacy promoters have been initiating as a way to ensuring the continuity of literacy learning during the COVID-19 crisis. By finding solutions for continuing literacy learning for even the most vulnerable populations has made a difference during a critical time, where face-to-face teaching and learning is restricted.

In line with the UNESCO Strategy for Youth and Adult Literacy, the focus is, but not limited to, literacy learning from a lifelong learning perspective. Throughout the pandemic, distance learning has shown many faces and been supported by high-, low- and no tech solutions as well as hybrid learning that combined face-to-face learning.

Worth of Award

UNESCO distinguishes between two Literacy Prizes which are given to six laureates in total:

  • The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (3 awards), was established in 1989 and is supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea. It gives special consideration to programmes that promote mother language-based literacy development.
    Each UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize winner receives a medal, a diploma, and US$20,000.
  • The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy (3 awards), was established in 2005 and is supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China. This Prize recognizes programmes that promote literacy, including functional literacy, leveraging technological environments, in support of adults in rural areas and out-of-school youth.
    Each UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy winner receives a medal, a diploma, and US$30,000.
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Eligibility

The following are considered eligible for the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes:

  • Governments, non-governmental organizations, and individuals who promote literacy through projects and programmes are welcome to apply.
  • National Commissions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are encouraged to nominate individuals, institutions, and organizations who are making outstanding contributions to promoting literacy and who request a nomination.

How to Apply

  • Candidates can submit their applications through the online platform.
  • National Commissions and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO are encouraged to nominate individuals, institutions, and organizations who are making outstanding contributions to promoting literacy and who request a nomination.
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Deadline: The deadline for candidates to submit applications to nominating entities is June 13, 2021, while the deadline for nominating entities to submit their nominations to UNESCO is June 27, 2021 (midnight, Paris time).

 

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