UNESCO Literacy Prize winners for 2010 are announced
The six laureates of the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes* for 2010 were proclaimed today by the Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, on the recommendation of an international Jury, which met between 5 and 9 July.
One of two awards of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize, supported by the Republic of Korea, 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, its priority on women and its remarkable impact: the illiteracy rate in Cape Verde decreased from 60% to 20% between 1974 and 2005 and continues to fall.
The second award of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize is attributed to the State Institute for Teacher Training and School Development in Hamburg, Germany for the Family Literacy Project (FLY). This 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.
The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, supported by the People’s Republic of China, also consists of two awards. The Non-Formal Education Centre in Nepal wins the first 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.
The second award of the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy is being given to the Governorate of Ismailia in Egypt for its programme Females for Families. It is an innovative approach to solving societal problems by training village girls to become development facilitators in their own community, thus building female leadership.
Finally, the committee decided to award the Honourable Mention of the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy to the Coalition of Women Farmers (COWFA) in Malawi for the Women’s Land Rights Project (WOLAR), which assists women farmers in achieving social and economic independence. The Honourable Mention of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize is 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.
UNESCO’s International Literacy Prizes are awarded every year in recognition of excellence and innovation in promoting literacy throughout the world. In accordance with the United Nations Literacy Decade (UNLD) thematic calendar, the theme for this year’s Prizes was literacy and women’s empowerment.
The award ceremony will take place at UNESCO in Paris on International Literacy Day, 8 September.
*The King Sejong Literacy Prize was created in 1989 through the generosity of the Government of the Republic of Korea. Each laureate is awarded US $20,000.
The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was established in 2005 through the generosity of the Government of the People’s Republic of China. Each laureate is awarded US $20,000.
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