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Entries open for top UN prize

Bahrain News
Fri, 31 Aug 2018

NOMINATIONS for a major UN prize for promoting the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in education are still being accepted.

The 10th Unesco King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICT in Education will be presented early next year.

Funded by Bahrain and set up in 2005, the prize rewards individuals and organisations carrying out outstanding projects to improve teaching and learning in the digital age.

Applications will be accepted until October 31, with the international jury meeting in December to decide on the winners. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Unesco headquarters in Paris in March next year.

“The award aims at encouraging and consolidating innovative ideas and practices which are suitable to bring teaching and learning in line with the digital age using latest technologies while ensuring the security of children using them,” said Education Minister Dr Majid Al Nuaimi, in a statement.

The theme of the 2018 edition of the prize (no awards were presented in 2012, 2013 and 2014) is ‘The use of innovative ICT to ensure education for the most vulnerable groups’, including out-of-school children, illiterate or under-skilled youth and adults who suffer from cultural and economic barriers, personal disabilities, gender-based barriers and/or crises.

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