UNESCO is calling for applications and nominations for the 2019 UNESCO International Literacy Prizes, which this year will award outstanding programs and individuals who promote literacy around the world within the theme of ‘Literacy and Multilingualism’.
Since 1967, the UNESCO International Literacy Prizes have rewarded excellence and innovation in the field of literacy. Over 490 projects and programs undertaken by governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and individuals around the world have already received recognition and support for their work.
The promotion of multilingualism is an asset for both literacy and educational development in general and more particularly Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG4) and its target 4.6 in terms of inclusivity quality and expanding access.
Multilingual education facilitates access to education while promoting equity for populations speaking minority and/or indigenous languages, especially girls and women.
Through two prestigious Prizes, UNESCO supports effective literacy practices and encourages the promotion of dynamic literate societies to close the literacy gap of approximately 750 millions of people.
Governments, NGOs, and individuals can apply. The deadline for submitting applications for nominations: 16 June 2019 and the deadline for nominating entities to submit their nominations to UNESCO: 23 June 2019.
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