26.04.2010 - ODG

Irina Bokova visits the United Arab Emirates and awards the UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize

© UNESCO/Krista PikkatUNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rachid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance, in official visit to the United Arab Emirates

The Director-General of UNESCO, Irina Bokova, is paying an official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from 25 to 27 April 2010, where she will take part in the Award Ceremony of the 2009-2010 Edition of the UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers, taking place in Dubai on Tuesday, 27 April.

This is the first time the prize is being given out since its creation last year. It aims to support, encourage and benefit those working to improve the quality of teaching towards Education for All. The US$ 270,000 award will be divided amongst this biennium’s three winners: the Ali Institute of Education (Pakistan), the Centre of Excellence for Teacher Training (Dominican Republic) and the ‘Centre Congolais Education pour Tous’ (Democratic Republic of the Congo).

During her stay in the UAE, Irina Bokova will also attend meetings in Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi. She will meet with UAE high officials and dignitaries, including: Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Governor of Dubai, Sheikh Sultan Al Qassimi, ruler of Sharjah, Abdul Rahman Mohammed Al Owais, Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research.

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