ICT in Education Prize

The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa ICT in Education Prize recognizes innovative approaches in leveraging new technologies to expand educational opportunities by enabling access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all, in line with the Education 2030 agenda and Sustainable Development Goal 4.

Funded by the Kingdom of Bahrain and established in 2005, the Prize rewards individuals and organizations that are carrying out outstanding projects to improve teaching and learning in the digital age. It calls attention to excellent models, best practices and creative uses of ICTs to enhance overall education performance.

An international Jury selects two best projects annually. Each prizewinner receives a diploma, USD 25,000 and acknowledgement during a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Each year the Prize has a specific theme. Previous themes have included ‘Pedagogical innovation in the use of ICTs in teaching and learning’ and ‘The use of ICTs in education for disadvantaged groups’.

The theme of the current 2017 edition of the Prize is ‘The use of ICTs to increase access to quality education’. It aims to reward projects that help socio-economic disadvantaged groups access high quality education.

National Commissions of the Member States of UNESCO and international non-governmental organizations maintaining official relations with UNESCO are kindly invited to elicit, nominate and submit candidates for the Prize, thus contributing to a greater diversity of the projects. The deadline for submissions was extended to 12 January 2018 and Member States are invited to actively participate in the process.

The online submission form should be submitted, in English or French, via the application page. New users should first create an account.

2017 Calendar

  • June 2017: release of call for nominations
  • 12 January 2018: deadline for submission
  • Beginning 2018 (date to be confirmed): international jury meeting
  • March 2018 (date to be confirmed): announcement of the Prize winners and award ceremony