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Three laureates for UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize

Oxfam Novib and Education International (Belgium), SOS Villages d’enfants (Madagascar) and the ProEd Foundation (Panama) are the three laureates of the 2014 UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize. The prize, which rewards outstanding practice and performance in raising teacher standards, will be presented on 7 October at UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters, as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for World Teachers’ Day.

Oxfam Novib and Education International (Belgium) was selected for its programme “Quality Educators for All: Every Child needs a Good Teacher (Quality-Ed)”. The programme was established in Mali and Uganda in 2007. It brings together government representatives, teachers unions, civil society and academics to develop a competence profile for primary school teachers, in a bid to reform teacher training and professional development programmes.

SOS Villages d’enfants (Madagascar) is recognized for its Teacher Training Programme, which has provided training, through non-formal classes, specifically targeting primary and secondary school teachers since 2011.

The ProEd Foundation (Panama) was chosen for its Teachers Teaching Teachers – Professional Learning Community (PLC) project. This project aims to provide high-quality, continuous professional development for teachers and school administrators of all ethnic, socioeconomic and gender orientations in Panama’s public and low-income private schools.

The Prize money of $270,000 will be shared by the three laureates.

Launched in 2009 with funding from the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum of Dubai, the Prize is awarded every two years to projects that make an exceptional contribution to the improvement of teaching quality, especially in developing countries or in disadvantaged and marginalized communities.


More information on the Prize

Media contact: Agnès Bardon, UNESCO Press Service.

Tel : +33 (0) 1 45 68 17 64, a.bardon(at)