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UNESCO International Literacy Prizes

2016 Laureates of UNESCO Literacy Prizes

The winners of UNESCO International Literacy Prizes were announced by the Director-General of UNESCO on 31 August 2016, following the recommendations of an international jury.

The King Sejong Literacy Prize was awarded to:

  • the Center for Knowledge Assistance and Community Development’s programme “Books for rural areas of Viet Nam’
  • the Research Institute for Languages and Cultures of Asia of the Mahidol University in Thailand for its programme ‘Patani Malay-Thai Bi/Multilingual Education Project.’

The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was awarded to:

  • the South African Department of Basic Education’s ‘Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Campaign’
  • the Jan Shikshan Sansthan organization in Kerala, India for its programme, Vocational and Skill Development for Sustainable Development
  • the Directorate of Literacy and National Languages in Senegal for its ‘National Education Programme for Illiterate Youth and Adults through ICTs

The awards were presented by the Director-General in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on 8 September on the occasion of the celebration of the 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day.

Download the brochure presenting the 2016 Laureates: English - French - Spanish - Chinese

Interview with the five 2016 laureates

 Literacy prize-winner starts library revolution in rural Viet Nam

 An alternative to conflict in Thailand through bilingual literacy and education

 Volunteers give a second chance to older literacy learners in South Africa

 A literacy prize recognizing the needs of rural poor in India

 Literacy prize recognizes hard won achievements of women in Senegal



Books for Rural Areas of Viet Nam Programme honored as winner of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize

UNESCO literacy prize-winners visit China and the Republic of Korea - the countries supporting their awards

UNESCO honours lives changed by literacy with 2016 International Literacy Prizes

2016 International Literacy Prizes award ceremony marks 50th anniversary of International Literacy Day