Prizes in Education
The purpose of UNESCO’s Education prizes is to reward outstanding efforts in the drive to achieve quality education for all. The themes of the prizes (literacy, special needs, information and communication technologies, human rights and peace) are aligned with UNESCO’s policies and programmes.
The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the use of ICTs in Education
This annual prize is placed under the patronage of King Hamad Bin Isa Al Khalifa of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The prize (a diploma and US$50,000 divided between two laureates) aims to reward projects and activities of individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations for excellent models, best practice, and creative use of ICTs to enhance learning, teaching and overall educational performance.
UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize to Promote Quality Education for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
Awarded every two years, this US$20,000, prize rewards two persons or institutions – one from the Arab States Region and another from a different part of the world - for their contribution to the education of the mentally disabled. More
The UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers
This prize was set up in 2009 and funded by his Highness Cheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum. The value of the prize is US $270,000, divided between three winners and is awarded very two years to candidates from around the world who have shown outstanding achievement in enhancing the performance and effectiveness of teachers in developing countries or within marginalized or disadvantaged communities from the wider global context. More
UNESCO International Literacy Prizes
These prizes are awarded annually on International Literacy Day (8 September) to promote excellence and innovation for a literate world. Currently, UNESCO awards two International Literacy Prizes:
The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize, created in 1989 through the generosity of the Government of the Republic of Korea. The Prize consists of two awards each of a sum of US$20,000, a silver medal and a certificate.
The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, established in 2005 through the generosity of the Government of the People’s Republic of China in honour of the great Chinese scholar Confucius. The Prize consists of two awards each of a sum of US$20,000, a silver medal and a certificate. More about the prize
UNESCO Prize for Peace Education
This prize, awarded biennially, supports activities designed to increase awareness and mobilize consciences in the cause of peace. More about the prize