UNESCO calls for innovative use of ICTs for disadvantaged groups

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UNESCO is calling for candidatures for the 2016 edition of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) in Education Prize. Since 2005, the Prize has recognized innovations in teaching and learning that leverage technology to improve educational outcomes.

The Prize aims to contribute to equity in education, a key pillar of the Education 2030 agenda, and the guiding principle of Sustainable Development Goal 4. The new agenda recognizes how ICT can be harnessed to assist historically underserved groups and assure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030.

The theme for the 2016 Edition of UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education is the use of ICTs in education for disadvantaged groups.

The Prize will reward organizations and individuals for innovative practices to leverage ICTs to expand access to education for groups including refugees; internally displaced persons; socioeconomically disadvantaged learners; people with disabilities; cultural, ethnic and religious minorities; and vulnerable women and girls.

Two prize-winners will be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO on the basis of recommendations made by an international jury of five independent and recognized experts in the area of ICT in Education from each region. The prize will be awarded on 21 February 2017 at a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris where the winners will receive 25,000 USD each and a certificate of recognition signed by the Director-General and the Chairperson of the International Jury of independent experts.

National Commissions of the Member States of UNESCO and International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) maintaining official relations with UNESCO are invited to solicit, nominate and submit candidatures for the Prize. Self-nominations without an endorsement letter from a National Commission or an International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) in official partnership with UNESCO cannot be considered.

The online submission form for eligible applicants is available at
https://teamsnet.unesco.org/Pages/register.aspx and for nominators (Governments and NGOs in official relations with UNESCO that already have an account) at

The deadline for submission is 30 September 2016.

For more information, do not hesitate to contact us:

Secretariat for the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize
for the Use of ICTs in Education
Unit for ICT in Education
Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems
Education Sector
7 place Fontenoy
Paris 07 SP 75352

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