This year on International Literacy Day, September 8, 2017, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova awarded five innovative and impactful literacy projects from Canada, Colombia, Jordan, Pakistan and South Africa with the two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes: the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize and the UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy.
The new laureates were consequently invited on study tours to the two countries. From 26 to 28 September, the UNESCO Confucius Prize winners were invited to discover the rich history and culture of Qufu, China, the hometown of the renowned Chinese scholar and philosopher Confucius.
From 6 to 10 October, the two laureates of UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize were invited by the government of the Republic of Korea to visit Seoul to take part in the Hangul Day celebrations, which commemorates the creation of the Korean alphabet by King Sejong in 1446. Apart from the celebrations, the two winners from Canada and Jordan took also part in many cultural visits and activities, highlighting the influence of the Hangul alphabet in the richness and diversity of Korean society.
The study tours take place each year following the awarding of the prizes and are meant to encourage the winners to undertake future literacy education activities.
The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize gives special consideration to the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training.
UNESCO promotes literacy around the world through a range of initiatives, programmes and cross-sector projects, and supports Member States in the areas of policies, programme delivery and literacy assessments.
Learn more about UNESCO’s International Literacy Prizes.