30 Mars 2020

Call for nominations open-2020 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education

UNESCO has recently announced a call for nominations for the 2020 Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education. This is an opportunity to mark the contributions of various organizations, institutions, or individuals to the education of women and girls. Libraries of course often work to offer various learning opportunities, and library projects that focus on women and girls’ education and learning could be eligible for a nomination!


According to the announcement, a project needs to meet the following criteria to be eligible:

“The Project:

  • has a clear focus on advancing girls’ and women’s education, and  the  promotion  of  gender equality in and through education, and contributes to one or more of the five priority areas of the Prize:

1.Participation: Supporting  girls  to  transition  from  primary  education  to  lower-secondary education and to complete full basic education

2.Literacy: Supporting adolescent girls and young women to acquire literacy skills

3.Environment: Supporting the creation of a gender-responsive and safe teaching-learning  environment

4.Teachers: Engaging  teachers  to  be  change  agents  with  gender-responsive  teaching attitudes and practices

5.Skills: Supporting girls and women to acquire knowledge/skills for life and work

  • has already been running for at least two years; and
  • shows evidence that it may be replicable, scalable and/or provide significant learning potential for initiatives in other contexts”

Furthermore, it is good if a project is able to show qualitatively or quantitatively measurable impacts - a change in attitudes, beliefs or practices; girls’ participation in education or their learning outcomes, or removing existing barriers to education – as well as innovation and sustainability. You can find out more about the nomination here: https://en.unesco.org/sites/default/files/gwe_prize_explanatory_note.pdf#page=2

The deadline for nominations is 26 May 2020 (midnight, Paris time)

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