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UNESCO International Literacy Prizes

Previous laureates of UNESCO Literacy Prizes

2020 Laureates

The winners of UNESCO International Literacy Prizes were announced by the Director-General of UNESCO on 1 September 2020, following the recommendations of an international jury.

The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize was awarded to:

  • ‘Ageing Nepal’ in Nepal for its ‘Basic Literacy Class for Older Persons’ programme

  • ‘United World Schools’ in United Kingdom for its ‘Providing Non-Burmese Speaking Out-of-School Children with Access to Education’ programme

The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was awarded to:

  • ‘Just Commit Foundation’ in Ghana for its ‘Inspirational Business Stories’ programme

  • ‘University Center for Social Participation’ in Mexico for its ‘Literacy programme: learning by teaching’

  • ‘General Literacy Office in Sanaa’ in Yemen for its ‘Educating and integrating refugees in literacy classes in Yemeni society’ programme

The new Laureates were introduced during a special webinar on 8 September on the occasion of the celebration of International Literacy Day.

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2019 Laureates

The winners of UNESCO International Literacy Prizes were announced by the Director-General of UNESCO on 2 September 2019, following the recommendations of an international jury.

The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize was awarded to:

  • ‘National Office of Literacy and Education for Adults’ in Algeria for its ‘National Strategy for Multilingual Literacy’ programme
  • ‘Textile Fibres and Development Company’ (SODEFITEX) in Senegal for its ‘Functional literacy and follow-up vocational training for farmers in southern Senegal in national languages’ programme

The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was awarded to:

  • ‘Camacol Antioquia’ in Colombia for its ‘Obras Escuala’ programme
  • ‘BASAbali’ in Indonesia for its ‘BASAbali Wiki’ programme
  • ‘Nuovo Comitato il Nobel per I Disabili’ in Italy for its ‘TELL ME - Theatre for Education and Literacy Learning of Migrants in Europe’ programme

The awards will be presented by the Director-General in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on 9 September on the occasion of the celebration of International Literacy Day.

Stories of 2019 Laureates

 

2018 Laureates

The winners of UNESCO International Literacy Prizes were announced by the Director-General of UNESCO on 30 August 2018, following the recommendations of an international jury.

The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize was awarded to:

  • Aid Afghanistan for Education in Afghanistan for its ‘Accelerated Education for Marginalized Women and Girls’ programme
  • The Ministry of Education and Culture in Uruguay for its ‘Permanent Learning Programme’

The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy was awarded to:

  • The Literacy Movement Organization in the Islamic Republic of Iran for its ‘Consolidated teaching of literacy and ICDL basic computer skills’ programme
  • The Nigerian Prisons Service in Nigeria for its ‘National Open University of Nigeria - Prison Study Centres and Inmates General Education Programme’
  • The Foundation Elche Acoge in Spain for its programme ‘Spanish as a second language for adult immigrants’ programme

The awards will be presented by the Director-General in a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters on 7 September on the occasion of the celebration of International Literacy Day.

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Stories of 2018 Laureates

 

2017 Laureates

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.

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Story of the five 2017 laureates

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

 

Planting the seed for the love of reading in Jordan

 

Technology helps develop literacy and numeracy in Sub-Saharan Africa

 

Reading and writing for pleasure in South Africa

 

Reducing the digital gap for seniors in Colombia

 

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