UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy
The UNESCO Confucius Prize for Literacy recognizes the activities of outstanding individuals, governments or governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in literacy serving rural adults and out-of-school youth, particularly women and girls. The Prize was established in 2005 through the support of the Government of the People's Republic of China in honour of the great Chinese scholar Confucius. It is part of the International Literacy Prizes, which UNESCO awards every year in recognition of excellence and inspiring experiences in the field of literacy throughout the world. The Confucius Prize offers two awards of US$20,000 each, a medal and a diploma, as well as a study visit to literacy project sites in China.
The Prize is open to institutions, organizations or individuals displaying outstanding merit in literacy, achieving particularly effective results and promoting innovative approaches. The selection of prizewinners is made by an International Jury appointed by UNESCO’s Director-General, which meets in Paris once a year. The Prize is awarded at an official ceremony held for that purpose at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on the occasion of International Literacy Day (8 September).
Recipients of the Prize by year
- AdulTICoProgram (Columbia) for teaching digital competencies to seniors
- The Citizens Foundation (Pakistan) for its Aagahi Literacy Programme for Women and Out-of-School Girls
- FunDza (South Africa) for its readers and writers project to develop a culture of reading and writing for pleasure through an online platform
- The South African department of Basic Education's Kha Ri Gude Mass Literacy Campaign
- The Jan Shikshan Sansthan organization in Kerala, India for its programme, Vocational and Skill Development for Sustainable Development
- The Directorate of Literacy and National Languages in Senegal for its ‘National Education Programme for Illiterate Youth and Adults through ICTs
- Sonia Álvarez, Juan Luis Vives School of Valparaiso, a school in Chile, is recognized for its programme "Literacy for People Deprived of Liberty
- Svatobor an Association, in Slovakia, is honoured for its ‘Romano Barardo’ programme, which helps the Roma overcome social exclusion and enjoy their basic human rights.
- Platform of Associations in Charge of ASAMA and Post-ASAMA, an NGO in Madagascar that developed a comprehensive approach to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)
- Department of Continuing and Adults Education – Programme of Non-Formal and Continuing Education – (Bhutan)
- Transformemos Foundation Directors María Aurora Carrillo Rodolfo Ardila – Interactive System Transformemos Educando – (Colombia)
- (Honourable Mention) Illiteracy Eradication Directorate of the Ministry of Education – Literacy and Post-literacy programme: Means of empowerment and socio-economic integration of women in Morocco – (Morocco)
- International Literacy Day
- International Literacy Prizes
- Noma Literacy Prize
- UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize
- UNESCO Nadezhda K. Krupskaya literacy prize
- United Nations Literacy Decade