2017 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education!

Deadline: 5 May 2017

Nominations are open for the 2017 United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education with a motive to improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives. The purpose of the Prize is to reward outstanding innovation and contributions made by individuals, institutions and organizations to advance girls’ and women’s education.

The two Prize winners will be selected by the Director-General of UNESCO on the basis of recommendations made by the independent International Jury of the UNESCO Prize on Girls’ and Women’s Education consisting of five experts from all geographical regions.

Award Information

The Prize is conferred annually to two laureates and consists of an award of USD 50,000 each, to recognize their work in the area of girls’ and women’s education.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals, institutions or organizations having effectively contributed to the advancement of girls’ and women’s education. Nominations must relate to an established project or programme.
  • Governments of UNESCO Member States via their National Commissions and Permanent Delegations to UNESCO, and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO can each make up to 3 nominations.
  • In addition to these three criteria, the project/programme should:
    • have already been running for at least two years
    • show evidence that it may be replicable, scalable and/or provide significant learning potential for initiatives in other contexts
    • contribute to one or more of the five priority action areas of the Prize:
      • supporting girls/adolescent girls to transition from primary education to lower secondary education and to complete full basic education;
      • supporting adolescent girls and young women to acquire literacy skills;
      • supporting the creation of a gender-responsive and safe teaching-learning environment, free of school-related gender-based violence;
      • engaging female and male teachers to develop gender-responsive teaching attitudes and practices and be change agents; or
      • supporting adolescent girls and young women to acquire knowledge and skills for them to adequately transition from school to work and lead a fulfilling life.

How to Apply

Nomination forms must be completed online in English or French through the given website.

For more information, please visit UNESCO Prize.

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