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ISESCO prize of literacy and non-formal education

 
  • I. Background:
    Ongoing policy discussions concerning post-2015 future of literacy reveal that despite explicit target for adult literacy in the Education for All goals in Dakar framework of Action 2000, efforts made by countries and development partners are not keeping pace with ongoing challenges. As a matter of fact, presently, worldwide, at least 781 million adults lack basic literacy skills, which constitute an impediment to their involvement in the socioeconomic development of their countries. In the same vein, illiteracy remains a stumbling block to achieving Sustainable Development Goal 4 related to “ Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” in the Member States. In addition, in many Islamic countries, we have a huge number of out-of-school and unschooled children.
    So, being mindful of this alarming situation, ISESCO in its New Literacy Vision for the post-2015 Agenda gives a paramount importance to the promotion of best practices in literacy and non-formal education, mainly those carried out by NGOs and the civil society organizations, so those practices could be widespread and contribute to local communities development.
    Therefore, in its Action Plan 2016-2018, the Organization intends to continue awarding its Prize for successful experiences in literacy and non-formal education.
    This year’s literacy and non-formal education prize is open to NGOs and civil society organizations dedicated to literacy and non-formal education in the English-speaking Member States.
    II. Objective:
    Promoting best practices in literacy and non-formal education, especially those generated by NGOs and the civil society organizations.III. Expected outcome:
    Strengthening Member States’ capacities in preparing policies, strategies and plans for literacy and non-formal education.
    Providing annual support to NGOs and civil society organizations to conduct pilot literacy and non-formal education projects.IV.  Participation requirements :
    Nomination files for the prize should include:
    A literacy and non-formal education programme carried out by NGOs or Civil society organizations
    Priority shall be given to pioneering and sustainable literacy and non-formal education activities;
    The focus shall also be on activities with far-reaching consequences for literacy and non-formal education;
    The spreading of Islamic teachings and values is appreciated.V. Nominations’ submission and selection :
    1- ISESCO focal points in the Member States shall each send various files received.
    2- ISESCO competent committee shall select the winner and award him the Prize on 8 September 2018, on the occasion of the International Literacy Day.
    3- Deadline for submission of nominations is 1st June 2018
    4- Should the nominations fail to meet the required specifications, the prize will be withdrawn.

    VI. Prize:
    The prize winner shall receive five thousand dollars (US$ 5,000) and a certificate of merit from ISESCO.

    VII. Contact details:
    Nominations should be sent by the focal point (no later than 1st June ) to the following address:
    The Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO)
    Avenue des F.A.R., Hay Riyad, PO Box 2275, Zip code 10104
    Rabat, Kingdom of Morocco
    Phone: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 52 / 53
    Fax: + 212 (0) 5 37 56 60 12 / 13
    Email: education@isesco.org.ma
    Directorate of Education (ISESCO Prize for Literacy and Non-Formal Education)
    Information Sheet

  • The Qabas Min Nour Charity Association from the Republic of Egypt has won the 2017 ISESCO Prize for Literacy and Non-formal Education
  • The Qabas Min Nour Charity Association from the Republic of Egypt has won the 2017 ISESCO Prize for Literacy and Non-formal Education, which ISESCO has dedicated this year to civil society organizations and NGOs in Arabic-speaking Member States.The Prize was awarded the association in recognition of its outstanding contribution and leading achievements in literacy and non-formal education in the Republic of Egypt.Since its inception in 2006, the Qabas Min Nour Charity has offered a wide range of charity and development services under its education and learning programme aimed at improving the living standards of vulnerable people and combating poverty.

    The Association’s work also features post-literacy activities. Through its “Allama Bilqalam” Literacy and Anti-dropout Project, the Association provides job opportunities for some beneficiaries, in cooperation with the Social Fund for Development (SFD), the General Authority for Literacy and Adult Education (GALAE) and various donors in the Republic of Egypt.

    It is worth mentioning that ISESCO awards its Literacy Prize each year to civil society associations operating in this area, alternately, in Arab, French and English-speaking Member States.

  • Soumeiya Centre for Women and Girls Literacy in Mali wins ISESCO 2016 Prize for Literacy and Non-formal Education
  • Soumeiya Centre for Women and Girls Literacy in the Republic of Mali was awarded ISESCO 2016 Prize for Literacy and Non-formal Education, in recognition of its active role and outstanding efforts in women and girls literacy as well as for its support to non-formal education programmes in Mali.ISESCO has dedicated its Prize for this year to civil society organizations working in the field of literacy and non-formal education in French-speaking Member States.Established in 2008, in Bamako, Mali, Soumeiya Centre is one of the active civil society associations in the Republic of Mali. Its action focuses on spreading and publicizing Islamic culture through implementing a large number of literacy programmes in Arabic for the benefit of women. The educational and charitable activities of the Centre benefit many needy children, orphans and widows in Mali.For the record, Soumeiya Centre had, in 2014, received the Literacy Prize organized by the Network for Literacy and Language Centres in Mali.It is worth mentioning that ISESCO awards its Literacy Prize each year to civil society associations active in this area, alternately, in Arab-, French- and English-speaking Member States. In 2015, the International Center for Islamic Culture and Education (ICICE) in the Federal Republic of Nigeria won this Prize which was dedicated to English-speaking Member States.
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