Award of 2006 UNESCO Literacy PrizesThis year’s UNESCO Literacy Prizes* will be attributed to literacy projects in Cuba, India, Morrocco, Pakistan, India and Turkey in a ceremony at Organization Headquarters on 3 November (Room IX, 4 to 5.40 p.m.). A project in China will be given an Honourable Mention.
The UNESCO International Reading Association Literacy Prize will be awarded to the National Commission for Human Development (NCHD) of Pakistan, for its National Literacy Programme, which aims to increase the literacy ratio to meet the Education for All goals through universal primary education and the implementation of an adult literacy programme. It provides literacy classes to adults and to out-of-school children, collects data through door-to-door surveys, as well as recruiting village volunteers and schoolteachers to ensure wide community participation in the enrolment of children in school.
An Honourable Mention of the UNESCO International Reading Association Literacy Prize will be presented to the Literacy Co-ordination Office of Yunnan Province (People’s Republic of China) for the Programme for the Realistic Reduction in the Number of Illiterate Women implemented in the mountainous border province of Yunnan, a poor province that is home to 25 ethnic minorities.
The Mother Child Education Foundation (Turkey) will receive one of the two UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prizes for its contribution not only to literacy but to increasing women’s self-confidence, independence and participation in decision-making processes. It has also contributed to raising women’s political awareness and status within the family as well as improving their ability to support their children’s education and development.
The other UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize will be given to the Youth and Adult Literacy and Education Chair of the Latin American and Caribbean Pedagogical Institute of the Republic of Cuba (IPLAC) for its work to advance individual and social potential through innovative teaching methods with successful outcome in more than 15 countries. Its programme – Yo, sí puedo – has been adapted to, and in some cases replicated in, different parts of the world, and in a variety of social, cultural and ethnic contexts.
The two UNESCO Confucius Prizes for Literacy, awarded for the first time this year, were awarded to the laureates in a ceremony in Jining (Shandong Province, China) on 23 September. One of the prizes was presented to the Ministry of National Education of the Kingdom of Morocco for its Non-formal Education Programme, an innovative national literacy initiative designed specifically for marginalized …/
adolescents in rural areas. The programme aims to ensure the right to education for all, democratize education and promote good governance. It provides short training cycles to permit recent drop-out adolescents to return to school and identifies students facing a high risk of dropping out of school.
The other UNESCO Confucius Prizes for Literacy is awarded to the Directorate of Literacy and Continuing Education of Rajastan, India. The Directorate is rewarded for having raised literacy significantly among both men and women during the past decade, through the development of an innovative programme – including 15-day educational camps for women covering subjects such as vaccination, sanitation, child care, family planning, environmental issues, and self-help. The programme also organizes vocational skills camps and supports self-help groups for newly literate women to promote continuing education.
The UNESCO prizes are awarded annually on the recommendation of an international jury in recognition of particularly effective contributions to the fight against illiteracy, one of UNESCO’s priorities. They draw attention to the efforts of thousands of men and women who devote themselves year after year to advancing the cause of literacy for all.