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UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities

Event and Award Ceremony

3 December 2018 – 2.45 p.m. - 8.00 p.m.

UNESCO Headquarters, Room I, 125, avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris, France
For the persons with disabilities: Entrance by 7, place de Fontenoy, 75007 Paris, France


The International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) has been commemorated since 1992 to promote awareness and mobilize support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development. The Day works to promote action to raise awareness about disability issues and draw attention to the benefits of an inclusive and accessible society for all. Governments, UN agencies, civil society organizations, academic institutions and the private sector are encouraged to partner with organizations of persons with disabilities to arrange events and activities to commemorate the Day.

The 2018 UNESCO/Emir Jaber Al Ahmad Al Jaber Al Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities will be attributed to the winners on 3 December 2018 in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters from 2.45 p.m. to 8.00 p.m., on the occasion of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.

In cooperation with Government of the State of Kuwait, the UNESCO/Emir Jaber al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah Prize for Digital Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities aims to reward the outstanding contributions of individuals and organizations that promote inclusion and the enhancement of the lives of persons with disabilities in society through the effective, innovative and inclusive application of digital solutions.



Jane Constance

Born blind in 2000, Jane Constance started singing and learning the piano at a tender age. She went on to study piano and singing at the Royal School of Music in London and in 2015, won the French television competition The Voice Kids and released her first album the following year. In 2017, she was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace for her commitment to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities and her work for their empowerment and inclusion. (More on Jane Constance)



Eijin Nimura

Eijin Nimura has established a brilliant career as a violinist, performing concertos with leading orchestras both at home and abroad over the years; at the same time, as an “UNESCO Artist for Peace”, he is actively engaged in efforts that contribute to society through music. (More on Eijin Nimura)



The HANDIVOIX National Federation

The Federation of HANDIVOIX Choirs was born 19 years ago, and includes more than 200 choirs spread across 35 counties and 12 regions. Its aim is to develop a choral movement of people with all types of disabilities and from all generations, and to enable them to enjoy the multiple benefits of choral singing. (More on the HANDIVOIX National Federation)




Maud Caillat

A pianist, composer and musicologist, Maud Caillat studied the piano in Paris with Claudine Perretti and participated in the master classes of Menahem Pressler and André Laplante at the Orford Arts Center (Canada). She received advice in composition from Marcel Bitsch. A laureate of the Stravinsky Foundation, Zonta International and the composition competition of the IBLA Foundation, she also won a first prize at the Bradshaw & Buono piano competition in New York. Maud holds a PhD in musicology from Paris-Sorbonne University (2017). Her concert activities led her to France, Italy, Switzerland, Germany, Canada and the United States. (More on Maud Caillat)



Samuel Gaille

Born in music-loving family and initiated to music by his mother at an early age, Samuel Gaille studied the trumpet with Michel Debonneville and Michel Cuvit. After graduating with honours from the Geneva Conservatoire Supérieur, he appeared as a soloist, notably in the famous Hummel’s concerto. He also performed with leading conductors such as Jesus Lopez-Cobos, Nello Santi and Gennady Rozhdestvensky. A member of a brass quintet, Samuel became a tireless traveller and discovered South Africa as well as China. He organized concerts and toured extensively in Mexico (Yucatán, Guadalajara, Sinaola,…), Hong-Kong, Macao and South Korea. (Extract 1 - Extract 2)


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