Apply Now: $100,000 in UNESCO International Literacy Prizes

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Since 1967, the prestigious UNESCO International Literacy Prizes have recognized and rewarded 470 projects and programmes in the field of literacy for their excellence and innovation to support effective literacy practices and encourages the promotion of dynamic literate societies.
This year’s theme is ‘literacy in a digital world’, which will also set the focus for International Literacy Day, celebrated on 8 September.
Two UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are given to five laureates every year.

  • UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize, supported by the Government of the Republic of Korea, awards two candidates with special attention to the development and use of mother-tongue literacy education and training.
  • UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy, supported by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, awards three candidates with special consideration to literacy projects for adults, learners in rural areas, and out-of-school youth, particularly girls and women.

Each of the five prizewinners receives a medal, a diploma, and US$20.000 for their project or programme. The UNESCO International Literacy Prizes are awarded at an official ceremony at UNESCO’s Headquarters in Paris on the International Literacy Day.
Apply Today
You have two application options to be considered for the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes:
Fill in and submit the electronic application form in English or French to UNESCO’s Secretariat via the concerned Member States through the National Commission for UNESCO by 31 May 2017.
If applying through an International Non- Governmental Organization, which maintains official relations with UNESCO, please provide project information and request a nomination letter directly from the NGO, to be attached to the electronic application form by 14 June 2017.