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UNESCO 2021 International Literacy Prizes For Excellence and Innovative Concept

Since 1967, UNESCO International Literacy Prizes have rewarded excellence and innovation in the field of literacy. Over 500 projects and programmes undertaken by governments, non-governmental organizations and individuals around the world have been recognized. 

Through these prestigious Prizes, UNESCO seeks to support effective literacy practices and encourages the promotion of dynamic literate societies.

Applicants will be asked to make submissions related to the 2021 theme “Inclusive distance and digital literacy learning” and take into consideration the specific focuses of the two prizes when applying.

Currently, there are two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes:

  • The UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize (3 awards)

Established in 1989, with the support of the Government of the Republic of Korea. It gives special consideration to mother language-based literacy development. 

Each of the three UNESCO King Sejong prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and US$20.000.

  • The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy (3 awards)

The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, established in 2005, with the support of the Government of the People’s Republic of China. It gives special consideration functional literacy, leveraging technological environments, in support of adults in rural areas and out-of-school Youth.

Each of the three UNESCO Confucius prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma and US$30.000.

The winners of UNESCO International Literacy Prizes 2020 were announced by the Director-General of UNESCO on 7 September 2020, following the recommendations of an international jury.

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About United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations (UN) based in Paris. Its declared purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through educational, scientific, and cultural reforms in order to increase universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and human rights along with fundamental freedom proclaimed in the United Nations Charter. It is the successor of the League of Nations' International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation. UNESCO has 193 member states and 11 ass... read more


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UNESCO International Literacy Prizes


Aim and Benefits of UNESCO International Literacy Prizes

The Prizes are awarded every year at an official ceremony on the International Literacy Day, 8 September (TBC).


Requirements for UNESCO International Literacy Prizes Qualification

  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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Interview date, Process and Venue for UNESCO International Literacy Prizes

All the eligible nominated applications submitted to UNESCO will be examined by an International Jury, composed of distinguished experts appointed by UNESCO’s Director-General, which meets in Paris once a year.

Based on its recommendations, the Director-General of UNESCO makes a final decision about the Prizewinners of 2021.


Application Deadline

June 27, 2021


How to Apply

Interested and qualified? Go to United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization on en.unesco.org to apply
  1. The first stage is for an applicant to fill in and submit an application form through either a National Commission for UNESCO or an International Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) maintaining official relations with UNESCO.
  2. The second stage is for the concerned National Commission or international NGO to review and nominate the successful candidatures to the Secretariat of the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes. 

UNESCO International Literacy Prizes Secretariat
Section of Youth, Literacy and Skills Development
Division for Policies and Lifelong Learning Systems
Education Sector
UNESCO
7 place Fontenoy
75352 PARIS 07 SP
France

E-mail: [email protected](link sends e-mail)
Tel:  +33 1 45 68 08 59 or +33 1 45 68 11 40
Fax: +33 1 45 68 56 27

For more details, visit UNESCO website



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