Paris, France: Shaikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and Minister of Finance, on Tuesday honoured the winners of the 2014 Unesco-Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Prize for Outstanding Practice and Performance in Enhancing the Effectiveness of Teachers.
Shaikh Hamdan commended Unesco’s role as an incubator for education and culture worldwide as he was speaking during the award-giving ceremony held at the Unesco headquarters, as part of the 20th anniversary celebrations for World Teacher’s Day
He highlighted joint efforts by the prize and Unesco to encourage and motivate teachers in developing communities and recognise their dedication and efforts to elevate human communities by spreading education and knowledge, eliminating poverty and removing obstacles facing others to change their lives to the better
Three laureates were selected from 99 projects received from 64 countries.
The winners include Oxfam Novib and Education International (Belgium) for its programme “Quality Educators for All: Every Child needs a Good Teacher (Quality-Ed)”. The programme was established in Mali and Uganda in 2007. It brings together government representatives, teachers’ unions, civil society and academics to develop a competency profile for primary school teachers, in a bid to reform teacher training and professional development programmes.
The second winner is SOS Villages d’enfants (Madagascar) for its Teacher Training Programme, which has provided training, through non-formal classes, specifically targeting primary and secondary school teachers since 2011.
The third winner is the ProEd Foundation (Panama), which was chosen for its Teachers Teaching Teachers–Professional Learning Community (PLC) project. This project aims to provide high-quality, continuous professional development for teachers and school administrators of all ethnic, socio-economic and gender orientations in Panama’s public and low-income private schools.
The prize, created in 2009 and funded by Shaikh Hamdan, is awarded every two years to projects that make an exceptional contribution to the improvement of teaching quality, especially in developing countries or in disadvantaged or marginalised communities.
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