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UNESCO International Literacy Prize

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Every year, the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes reward excellence and innovation in the field of literacy throughout the world. By honouring the work of institutions, organizations and individuals through these Prizes, UNESCO seeks to support effective literacy practices and encourages the promotion of dynamic literate societies. UNESCO invites Member States and International Non-Governmental Organizations (INGOs) maintaining formal consultative relations with the Organization to solicit and submit candidatures to the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes. The selection of prize winners is made by an International Jury appointed by UNESCO’s Director-General, which meets in Paris once a year. The Prize is normally awarded at an official ceremony held for that purpose at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on the occasion of International Literacy Day (8 September).

Who can apply
Institutions, organizations or individuals promoting literacy through effective and innovative programmes or projects.

How to apply
The candidatures must be submitted to the Director-General either by Member States, in consultation with their National Commissions for UNESCO, or by International Non-Governmental Organizations maintaining formal relations with UNESCO. Each nomination must be accompanied by a written recommendation. A self-nomination cannot be considered. Each government or INGO is entitled to nominate only two candidates per year. The files must be in English or French only.

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