Winners announced for the UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize
Education projects from Nepal, South Africa and Venezuela have been announced as the winners of a prestigious prize for improving the quality of teachers and teaching.
The UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers was awarded to The Rato Bangala Foundation (Nepal), The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre (South Africa) and to The Banco del Libro (Venezuela).
The Rato Bangala Foundation trains teachers to work with children in the under-resourced Dailekh region; The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre has trained 800 teachers countrywide in mathematical thinking with the aim of raising standards of maths teaching; and The Banco del Libro promotes reading, organizes libraries for schools and the public and develops evaluation tools to recommend books for children.
The prize is awarded every two years, consists of US $270.000 and is divided between three winners.
The Prize Award Ceremony for the 2011-2012 edition will take place in Dubai on 24 April 2012, in the presence of the UNESCO Director-General.