UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education 284 views

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UNESCO is inviting nominations from governments of UNESCO Member States and NGOs for the 2018 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. Each member state or NGO can nominate up to 3 individuals, institutions or organizations who have made outstanding contributions in favour of girls’ and women’s education.

The UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education honours outstanding and innovative contributions  to advance girls’ and women’s education and showcases successful projects that improve and promote the educational prospects of girls and women and in turn, the quality of their lives. The Prize directly contributes to achieving the 2030 Sustainable Development agenda, particularly SDG goals 4 on education and 5 on gender equality.


Funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Prize is will be given to 2 laureates, who will each receive a prize of US$50,000 to further their work in the area of girls’ and women’s education.


Eligible projects and programmes for nomination are those which have already been running for at least 2 years and show evidence that it may be replicable, scalable and/or provide significant learning potential for initiatives in other contexts. It should also contribute to 1 or more of the following 5 Priority Action Areas of the Prize:

  • Basic education: support girls/adolescent girls to transition from primary education to lower-secondary education and completion of a full basic education
  • Literacy: support adolescent girls and young women to acquire literacy skills
  • Learning environments: support the creation of a gender-responsive and safe teaching-learning environment, free of school-related gender-based violence
  • Teachers: engage female and male teachers to develop gender-responsive teaching attitudes and practices and be change agents
  • World of work: support adolescent girls and young women to acquire knowledge and skills to adequately transition from school to work and lead a fulfilling life.

Nominations will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Impact: the project which should be qualitatively and/or quantitatively measureable, and should deliver tangible results relative to the invested resources. For example, it could mean changes in: (1) attitudes, beliefs and practices toward gender equality; (2) girls’ educational participation, attendance, completion and learning outcomes; and/or (3) other relevant parameters to advance girls’ and women’s education.
  • Innovation: the project should be stimulating, and/or drawing on, innovative practices advancing girls’ and women’s education. This includes new ways of working and transformative “out-of-the-box” thinking and actions.
  • Sustainability: the project must have taken steps, ideally from its design or implementation phases, to ensure it will have a lasting impact beyond the project life cycle.


Nominations are to be done online by 11 May 2018.

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