UNESCO International Literacy Prizes


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2017 Laureates of UNESCO Literacy Prizes

The winners of UNESCO International Literacy Prizes were announced by the Director-General of UNESCO on 30 August 2017, following the recommendations of an international jury.

The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize was awarded to:

  • We Love Reading for its Programme in Jordan
  • The Centre for the Study of Learning & Performance (CSLP) at Concordia University in Canada for its programme ‘Using Educational Technology to Develop Essential Educational Competencies in Sub-Saharan Africa’

The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was awarded to:

  • The Secretariat of Information and Communications Technologies of the city of Armenia in Colombia for its ‘AdulTICoProgram’
  • The Citizens Foundation in Pakistan for its ‘Aagahi Literacy Programme for Women and Out-of-School Girls’
  • ‘FunDza Literacy Trust’ in South Africa for its programme ‘Growing FunDza readers and writers’

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

Download the brochure presenting the 2017 Laureates: English - French - Spanish - Chinese

Story of the five 2017 laureates

    Community engagement and online literacy learning empower girls and women in Pakistan

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Planting the seed for the love of reading in Jordan

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Technology helps develop literacy and numeracy in Sub-Saharan Africa
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Reading and writing for pleasure in South Africa
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Reducing the digital gap for seniors in Colombia
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