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UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development


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UNESCO-Hamdan Prize previous laureates

- 2019/20 Laureates


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The winners of the 6th edition (2019/2020) of the UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers are:

  • Escolas Conectadas (Brazil): The Escolas Conectadas (Connected Schools) platform of the Telefónica Vivo Foundation was launched in 2015 to promote the inclusion of educators in digital culture and foster the development of ICT skills among students. The platform offers 38 distance education courses on a wide range of subjects. The courses last four weeks and target basic education teachers (with students aged 6 to 18) from all over Brazil. Some of them also target school administrators and managers. In 2019, the project reached 65,000 educators in 1,483 different municipalities from all of the 26 states and the Federal District of Brazil. 
  • School Transformation Journey (Egypt): School Transformation Journey, of the Educate Me Foundation, is a three-year programme, launched in 2015, that seeks to develop dialogue and understanding between schools and their local administrations. By disseminating a culture of self-reliance among school-based educators, it creates an environment that fosters the exchange of knowledge and experiences among educators.  Well trained and qualified teachers implement the programme, which develops the capacities of educators in each school until they become experts in the field of ICT learning. To date, the programme has reached 6,000 educators, 430 public schools and 7 Governorates across Egypt.
  • Apps for Good (Portugal): Apps for Good, implemented since 2015 by CDI (Centre of Digital Inclusion) Portugal, is a digital education programme that challenges students and teachers to develop applications for smartphones or tablets, showing them the potential technology has to transform their communities. It is also a tool to bridge the gap between the classroom and real-world industries. Over 80% of the teachers who participated in the programme reported that it had improved their digital knowledge and skills. Over the past six years it has reached 13,080 students and 1,133 teachers from 448 schools, who in turn have developed over 1,000 digital solutions.


- 2017/18 Laureates


Overview of the UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Prize for outstanding practice and performance in enhancing the effectiveness of teachers.
Fifth edition, 2017-2018


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  • The Center for Mathematic Modeling of the University of Chile, Chile

The Center for Mathematic Modeling of the University of Chile is rewarded for its Suma y Sigue: Matemática en línea (Adding it up: Mathematics online) programme which was developed to address the performance gaps in mathematics between students from different socioeconomic backgrounds and improve the quality of maths teaching in general. It is a ‘learning by doing’ programme organized by grade levels and curricula, enabling teachers to focus on their specialized area of mathematics teaching. It blends face-to-face sessions with intensive virtual instruction. The programme is scaleable, easily accessed by teachers in remote areas, and it promotes inclusion.

  • The Diklat Berjenjang project, Indonesia

The Diklat Berjenjang project from Indonesia is rewarded for bringing quality professional development to early childhood teachers, notably in the poorest and most remote areas. It helps meet Indonesia’s need for teachers skilled in creating stimulating learning environments for young learners. It helps identify potential teacher trainers and provides step-by-step written guides, follow-up assignments and exchanges. 

  • The Fast-track Transformational Teacher Training Programme, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

The Fast-track Transformational Teacher Training Programme from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was selected for its highly innovative and impactful approach to training teachers in various professional environments in Ghana. It promotes child-centred and play-based pedagogy in early education to replace traditional talk chalk disciplinarian methods. Practicing teachers receive a two-year training, combining workshops with smaller peer group meetings in which they are paired on the basis of their complementary strengths to engage in classroom observations and in class coaching.

The three winners were selected from 150 nominations submitted by the Governments of UNESCO’s Member States and UNESCO partner organizations on the recommendation of an International Jury of education professionals.

Established in 2009 with funding from Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al-Maktoum of Dubai, the Prize is awarded every two years to projects that have made outstanding contributions to improving the quality of teaching and learning, especially in developing countries or within marginalized or disadvantaged communities.


- 2015/16 Laureates


Glimpses on the UNESCO-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum prize for outstanding practice and performance in enhancing the effectiveness of teachers.
Fourth cycle. 2015-2016


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  • The University of Malaya, Malaysia

The University of Malaya, Malaysia, “Environmental Citizenship Education Malaysia 2005-2015” programme launched in 2005 works to raise awareness of environmental issues and sustainability among education stakeholders, including teachers, students, and teacher trainers. It aims to bridge the gap between the formal education system, local communities and conservation efforts and build citizenship. The university has made modules developed for the programme available to all schools in the country.

  • See Beyond Borders, Cambodia

The See Beyond Borders (Cambodia) “Teach the Teacher” programme helps to develop confident and competent communities of teachers committed to quality teaching and engaged in continuing professional development. It targets rural primary schools where the most inexperienced teachers are often placed and works through mentoring to offer professional development on teaching techniques and how best to use resource materials and offer support to other teachers.


- 2013/14 Laureates

  • Oxfam Novib and Education International, Belgium

“Quality Educators for All: Every Child needs a Good Teacher (Quality-Ed)” programme was established in Mali and Uganda in 2007 by Education International and Oxfam Novib. It brings together government representatives, teachers unions, civil society and academics to develop a competence profile for primary school teachers, in a bid to reform teacher training and professional development programmes. More

  • SOS Villages d’Enfants, Madagascar

SOS Villages d’Enfants’ “Teacher Training Programme” programme offers training in participatory pedagogy to primary and secondary teachers from formal and non-formal education since 2011. The idea is to make teaching concrete through the use of pedagogical tools that invite the students to discover and understand by themselves the course contents. More

  • ProEd Foundation, Panama

ProEd Foundation’s “Teachers Teaching Teachers - Professional Learning Community (PLC)” project started in 2002.  It aims to provide high-quality, continuous professional development for teachers and school administrators of all ethnic, socioeconomic and gender orientations in Panama’s public and low-income private schools.More

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- 2011/12 Laureates


  • African Institute for Mathematical Science Schools Enrichment Centre, South Africa

“The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences Schools Enrichment Centre (AIMSSEC) was created in 2003 to help young people from marginalized communities enter higher education and to introduce new skills in the teaching of mathematics. Among AIMSSEC’s star programs is the “Mathematical Thinking Course”, which offers primary and secondary teachers the possibility to receive training in mathematical problem solving and in the use of ICTs in the teaching and learning of math. This intensive course allows teachers to then undertake a two-year training program to become subject leaders. As of today, more than 1000 teachers from all over South Africa have undertaken the training courses. More

  • Banco del Libro, Venezuela

Book Bank has existed since 1960 and is dedicated to the promotion of reading and children’s literature as tools for dialogue and a culture of peace. It has, among other activities, set up school and public libraries, as well as different training programs. Its “Words for Non-Violence” project, launched in 2010 in Caracas schools, aims to address the problem of school violence by using oral and written literature as a means of channeling anger and resolving conflict. The goal is to offer different reading materials that provide a space for discussion focused on the book, to create an environment conducive to reading, and to train mediators and teachers. To this day, 2,920 teachers have been trained, benefiting more than 100,000 children. More

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  • Rato Bengala Foundation, Nepal

Training teachers is the focus of the Rato Bangala Foundation (RBF). Since its launch in 2002, it offers training programs to primary and secondary teachers, in an aim to reinforce their skills and teaching methods. In 2009, RBF began the "Dailekh School Project". This large-scale project concentrates efforts on the mountainous region of Dailkeh, west of Nepal, aiming to improve the learning and teaching environment of the 513 public schools of this isolated region. Since 2009, 1,900 teachers and 1,000 school heads have undertaken training in theory and practical teaching methods which, in turn, benefit more than 50,000 students daily. More


- 2009/10 Laureates

  • Ali Institute of Education, Pakistan

The Ali Institute of Education is an initial and continued professional development training institute for teachers. Its activities focus on improving the quality of education and professional development for teachers. In 1997 it launched, in the province of Punjab, the “Training and Resource Centers” (TARCs) programme. TARCs offer teachers a stimulating environment to develop pedagogical competencies, facilitates self-training and encourages teachers to critically analyze their work methods. Since 1997, more than 13,000 rural and urban primary school teachers have participated in continued professional training, more than 6,400 government staff have undertaken workshops in capacity building and 500,000 children benefit daily from the positive impact of the 8 TARCs created in the province of Punjab. More.

  • Centro de Excelencia para la Investigacion y Difusion de la Lectura y Escritura, Dominican Republic

The Centre for Excellence in Research and Dissemination of Reading and Writing (CEDILE) is part of the Social Sciences Faculty of the Pontifical Catholic University of Madre y Maestra. The Centre aims to improve the teaching of reading and writing in primary schools. Its "Read and write" program sets up libraries in public schools to support teaching, and provides training in didactics, writing systems and new teaching methods. The program, recognized by the Ministry of Education, has trained more than 6,400 teachers, heads of schools and government staff since 2002, benefiting in turn 200,000 students. More.

  • Centre Congolais Education pour Tous, Democratic Republic of Congo

The Congolese Center for Education for All (CCEPT), located in the region of Kinshasa, is a training center for teachers and management staff of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools. In DRC, the number of kindergartens keeps growing, yet there are very few centers for training the much-needed personnel. The CCEPT offers training programs for teachers and heads of kindergartens currently working without the necessary and obligatory qualifications. The one-year training program allows teachers to acquire both theoretical and practical knowledge in their field while working. Since its beginnings in 1995, the center has trained thousands of teachers and heads of schools in pedagogical knowledge, the art and science of teaching, classroom and school management all while keeping their employment.