Three programmes to help teachers perform more effectively have been named as winners of the 2014-2015 UNESCO-Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers, on the recommendation of an international jury of education professionals.
The Prize will be awarded on 5 October as part of World Teachers' Day celebrations at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris to two non-governmental organizations, See Beyond Borders, Cambodia, and Development Aid from People to People, Malawi, and to one institution of higher education, the University of Malaya (Malaysia).
See Beyond Borders (Cambodia) is recognized for its “Teach the Teacher” programme, which has been contributing to the development of the teaching workforce’s professional skills since 2010. It targets rural primary schools where the most inexperienced teachers are often placed.
The University of Malaya, Malaysia, has been chosen for the “Environmental Citizenship Education Malaysia 2005-2015” programme launched in 2005 to raise awareness of environmental issues and sustainability among education stakeholders, including teachers, students, and teacher trainers. The university has made modules developed for the programme available to all schools in the country.
In Malawi, Development Aid from People to People (DAPP) is rewarded for the “In-Service Teacher Training Programme Malawi” it initiated in 2012 to help teachers expand their knowledge of teaching methods and community involvement. It offers Continuous Professional Development (CPD) courses and materials through a network of qualified teachers.
The $300,000 prize will be divided among the three winners. Established in 2009 with funding from Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of Dubai, the prize is awarded every two years to projects that have made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of teaching and learning, especially in developing countries or within marginalized or disadvantaged communities.