The UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education aims to contribute to equity in education, a key pillar of the Education 2030 agenda, and the guiding principle of Sustainable Development Goal 4. The new agenda recognizes how ICT can be harnessed to assure inclusive and equitable quality education and lifelong learning for all by 2030.
Since 2006, the prize rewards projects and activities of individuals, institutions, other entities or non-governmental organizations for excellent models, best practices and creative use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) to enhance learning, teaching and improve educational outcomes.
Each year, two prize-winners are selected by the Director-General of UNESCO on the basis of recommendations made by an international jury of five independent and recognized experts in the area of ICT in Education from each region. The prize is awarded at a ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters, Paris where the winners receive 25,000 USD each and a certificate of recognition signed by the Director-General and the Chairperson of the International Jury of independent experts.
The theme of the current edition of the Prize is ‘the use of ICTs to increase access to quality education’. National Commissions of the Member States of UNESCO and International Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) maintaining official relations with UNESCO are invited to solicit, nominate and submit candidatures for the Prize. Submissions are due 20 October 2017.
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