UNESCO is launching the call for nominations for the 2018 edition of the UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Education. Funded by the Kingdom of Bahrain and established in 2005, this year’s Prize will recognize projects and programmes that leverage innovative technologies to ensure education for excluded vulnerable groups.
For the past years, the Prize has been promoting the use of new technologies to expand educational opportunities and increase access to quality education for vulnerable groups impeded by cultural and economic barriers, personal disabilities, gender inequalities, and/or crisis-affected situations. Indeed, ICT have a great potential to enable cost-efficient solutions to address these barriers, so that everyone can fully enjoy their right to education.
This year the Prize will highlight projects that use integrated solutions that blend commonly used technology with frontier ICT applications, such as breakthrough technology to overcome infrastructure barriers; solutions to reduce the cost of access; online learning innovations; intelligent learning management systems; machine translation; big data; and imagery technology.
- Two awards will be granted, and each recipient will receive a monetary award of US$ 25,000 during the Award Ceremony at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
Each year the Prize has a specific theme to be taken into account by nomination proposals.
National Commissions of the Member States of UNESCO and international non-governmental organizations maintaining official relations with UNESCO are kindly invited to elicit, nominate and submit candidates for the Prize, thus contributing to a greater diversity of the projects.
- June 2018: Launch of call for nominations
- October 2018: Deadline for submission
- December 2018: International jury meeting
- March 2019: Award ceremony in Paris, France
Application Deadline: 31 October 2018.
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