Since 1967, UNESCO International Literacy Prizes have rewarded excellence and innovation in the field of literacy. Over 460 projects and programmes undertaken by governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world have been recognized. Through these prestigious Prizes, UNESCO seeks to support effective literacy practices and encourages the promotion of dynamic literate societies.
The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are awarded in an official ceremony on the occasion of the International Literacy Day (8 September). Every year, the Prizes are organized around a specific theme. This year’s focus is on: “Literacy and the post-2015 agenda”. Each of the five prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and US$20.000.
There are two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes:
• The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (2 awards) established in 1989, thanks to the generosity of the Government of the Republic of Korea. It gives special consideration to the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training
• The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy (3 awards), established in 2005, thanks to the generosity of the government of the People’s Republic of China. It gives special consideration to literacy for people in rural areas and out-of-school children, particularly girls and women.
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