UNESCO International Literacy Prizewinners 2010
Rewarding excellence and innovation in literacy
Four innovative literacy projects in Cape Verde, Egypt, Germany and Nepal have won the awards of the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes this year. A programme in Colombia and a project in Malawi both received an Honourable Mention.
The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are awarded every year in recognition of excellence and innovation in literacy throughout the world. Complying with the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) thematic calendar, the theme for this year’s Prizes is “Literacy and Women’s Empowerment”.
The award ceremony will take place at UNESCO in Paris on the occasion of the celebration of International Literacy Day, 8 September 2010.
Each prize is worth US $20,000, a medal and a diploma.
General Directorate of Adult Training - Cape Verde
One of the two awards of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize goes to the General Directorate of Adult Training in Cape Verde. Its Adult Education and Training Programme (EdFoA) was recognized for its relevance and flexibility, the priority given to women and its remarkable impact: the illiteracy rate in Cape Verde decreased from 60% to 20% between 1974 and 2005 and continues to fall. More
Non-Formal Education Centre - Nepal
The Non-Formal Education Centre in Nepal won one of the two awards of the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, for its remarkably effective National Literacy Campaign. Its integrated programme is based on themes including the environment, maternal and child health, women’s development and income generation. More
Females for Families - Egypt
The Governorate of Ismailia in Egypt was awarded one of the two awards of the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy for its "Females for Families" programme. It provides an innovative approach to societal problems by training local girls to become development facilitators in their own community, thus building female leadership. More
Family Literacy Project - Germany
The Family Literacy Project of the State Institute for Teacher Training and School Development in Hamburg, Germany was awarded one of the two awards of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize. Its intergenerational approach, with parents participating in and benefiting from their children’s learning, provides a model for enhancing literacy in immigrant families and promoting integration. More
Virtual Assisted Literacy Programme - Colombia
The Honorable Mention of the King Sejong Literacy Prize was awarded to the North Catholic University Foundation in Antioquia, Colombia for its Virtual Assisted Literacy Programme, which uses e-learning to improve technology skills and employment opportunities in marginalized communities. More
The Women Land Rights Project - Malawi
The Honourable Mention of the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was awarded to the Coalition of Women Farmers in Malawi for the Women Land Rights Project, which assists women farmers in achieving social and economic independence. More