UNESCO: Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development


Deadline: 31-Oct-21

UNESCO is inviting nominations for Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development to help people live as global citizens free of hate and intolerance as it seeks to build peace through international cooperation in Education, the Sciences, and Culture.

UNESCO’s programmes contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2015.

Who can nominate?

  • Governments of UNESCO Member States via their National Commissions to UNESCO and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in official partnership with UNESCO can make up to 5 nominations. Self-nominations are not accepted.
  • National Commission: the nomination letter is drafted by the President or Secretary General.
  • NGO in official partnership with UNESCO: the nomination letter is drafted by the President or Director-General at headquarters. If the NGO has branches, the Head of the NGO branch may draft the nomination letter; however a communication confirming that the candidate nomination has been approved by the executive leadership at headquarters should be joined to the nomination letter from the branch.

Who can be nominated?

  • Institutions or organizations; international or national governmental or non-governmental organizations; educational or research institutions active in the field of teaching and learning.
  • Nominations must focus on an established project or programme of the candidate, which is ongoing and has been running for at least three years, and meets the selection criteria. Attention should be paid to presenting the project/programme of the candidate in a clear and structured way.
  • Projects from individuals are not eligible for nominations and will not be considered. Only projects from organizations and institutions may be nominated.

Selection Criteria

  • The three Prize laureates will be selected by UNESCO’s Director-General on the basis of recommendations made by the independent International Jury of the UNESCO-Hamdan Prize for Teacher Development, consisting of five experts from all geographical regions. The nominations will only be considered if the project/programme meets the following requirements:
  • The project submitted by candidates must have made a significant contribution to enhancing teaching and learning, in line with UNESCO’s principles and objectives in this field:
  • by demonstrating innovation aimed at promoting effectiveness of teachers
  • by producing teaching materials or other special aids designed for the development of innovative teaching and learning
  • by mobilizing initiatives and/or means likely to contribute to enhancing teacher effectiveness
  • by strengthening coordination and research that inform and enhance teacher effectiveness
  • In addition, the following criteria will be taken into consideration:
  • The program/project must be ongoing for at least three years to allow for an evaluation of results and verification of its effectiveness
  • It must represent an outstanding contribution to the fundamental objectives of UNESCO and the United Nations in the fields of quality education for sustainable development
  • The work accomplished must be exemplary and likely to stimulate similar initiatives; it must have shown itself to be effective in mobilizing new intellectual and material resources.

For more information, visit https://en.unesco.org/themes/teachers/hamdan-prize/nomination

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