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UNESCO Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education

UNESCO is launching the call for nominations for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education. Funded by the Kingdom of Bahrain and established in 2005, this year’s Prize will recognize projects and programmes that leverage innovative technologies to ensure education for excluded vulnerable groups.

For the past years, the Prize has been promoting the use of new technologies to expand educational opportunities and increase access to quality education for vulnerable groups impeded by cultural and economic barriers, personal disabilities, gender inequalities, and/or crisis-affected situations. Indeed, ICT have a great potential to enable cost-efficient solutions to address these barriers, so that everyone can fully enjoy their right to education.

This year the Prize will highlight projects that use integrated solutions that blend commonly used technology with frontier ICT applications, such as breakthrough technology to overcome infrastructure barriers; solutions to reduce the cost of access; online learning innovations; intelligent learning management systems; machine translation; big data; and imagery technology.

Two awards will be granted, and each recipient will receive a monetary award of US$ 25,000 during the Award Ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.

Individuals, institutions and non-governmental organizations are invited to approach the National Commissions for UNESCO of their countries or NGOs in official partnerships with UNESCO and complete the online submission form.

Governments of UNESCO Member States and NGOs maintaining official partnerships with UNESCO are encouraged to select the best projects and submit up to three nominations. A self-nomination cannot be considered.

Eligibility criteria:
Individuals, institutions or non-governmental organizations that have made outstanding innovation and significant contributions through projects to support and/or promote the creative use of ICT to ensure education for excluded vulnerable groups.

The criteria below will be taken into consideration:
 – Duration of projects/activities must be of at least one year to permit an assessment of results;
 – Innovation and openness of content and tool;
 – Evidence of sustainability for mid- to long-term application;
 – The project/activity should be a first time nomination for a Prize of this kind.

Your application must receive a supporting statement (from your country’s National Commission for UNESCO) or be accompanied by a nomination letter (from an NGO in official partnership with UNESCO).

  • -Supporting statement from a National Commission for UNESCO: Once your online submission form is completed, it will be transmitted directly via an online platform to the indicated National Commission. Please ensure that that the National Commission receives it in advance to have enough time to review and possibly nominate your application before the submission deadline 31 October, 2018. Kindly note that every National Commission for UNESCO can submit up to 3 nominations.
  • -Nomination letter from an international NGO in official partnership with UNESCO: You would need to contact an International NGO in official partnership with UNESCO, which is active in the field covered by the Prize. Once you receive a written nomination letter from this NGO, you should then submit the online application form with the attached nomination letter by 31 October 2018.

Apply via the online nomination platform. Submissions and nominations should be received in English or French. New users should first register.

For more detailed information, please visit UNESCO ICT in education Prize website. You will find also FAQs, information on previous laureates and international jury panel.

The deadline for the receipt of nominations is 31 October 2018.

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