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UNESCO 2020 International Literacy Prizes for Innovative Literacy Projects

UNESCO is calling for applications and nominations for its two prestigious International Literacy Prizes for the 2020 edition. 

UNESCO has now opened its call for applications and nominations for the 2020 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes. This year UNESCO will reward five individuals or organizations around the world for their outstanding projects that promote literacy within the theme ‘Teaching and learning literacy: the role of educators and changing pedagogies’.

2020 thematic focus: “Teaching and learning literacy: The role of educators and changing pedagogies”.

This year’s thematic focus is highlighting teachers who are at the frontline of delivering literacy learning, and their contribution to promoting youth and adult literacy, linked to target 4.6 of the Sustainable Development Goal on Education (SDG4), where literacy is perceived as a continuum developed throughout life.

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About UNESCO

UNESCO is the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. It seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences and Culture. UNESCO's programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals defined in Agenda 2030, adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015. Political and economic arrangements of governments are not enough to secure the lasting and sincere support of the peoples. Peace must be founded upon dialogue and mutual understanding. Peace must be built upon the intellectual and moral solidarity of humanity. I... read more


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UNESCO Contests

  • Type Postgraduate
  • OrganisationUNESCO
  • Country to study -
  • School to study -
  • Course to study Not specified
  • State of Origin
  • Gender Men and Women
  • Application Deadline June 28, 2020

Aim and Benefits of UNESCO Contests

Each of the five prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and US$20.000.

The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are awarded in an official ceremony on the occasion of the International Literacy Day.


Requirements for UNESCO Contests Qualification

Candidates should take into account this year’s theme – literacy and Multilingualism – and also consider the special focus of each Prize.

  1. Institutions, organizations and individuals promoting literacy through effective and innovative projects or programmes.
  2. Eligible programmes or projects who have a proven record of innovative work in the field of literacy for at least three years.
  3. Programmes/projects that have not been awarded the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes in the past five years.

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Application Deadline

June 28, 2020


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to UNESCO on www.unesco.org to apply

Governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals are kindly invited to apply. All applications should be submitted to nominating entities, such as the National Commission for UNESCO in the country of the programme, or an NGO that is in an official partnership with UNESCO. Applications can be submitted via the online platform, detailed information about the application and nomination process is to be found on the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes’ website.

For more details, visit UNESCO website



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